I’m glad you found the Maryann Dexter, LMSW website! This website was created to inspire discussion and understanding about mental wellness, and I do hope you find my website and Instagram account interesting and beneficial, but please remember they are for education and entertainment only. I want you to know that this site is led by myself, Maryann Dexter, LMSW. However, this website, the information it contains, and any social media posts should not be considered professional advice and are not a substitute for therapy, medical, or psychiatric advice.

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Therapy on Your Terms


Here you will find answers to some basic questions about myself and therapy in general. If you don’t see the answer you’re looking for please reach out! You can call me, send an email, fill out the contact form, or text me to ask.

Clinically licensed social workers are professionals trained to provide mental health services and are equipped to provide various services like identifying, analyzing, and reducing mental health issues. The title of licensing may vary, depending on the state guidelines (LCSW, LICSW or LMSW-C). These practitioners all have a master’s degree in the field and specialize in helping individuals work through hardships and maintain optimal wellbeing.

Therapy can be beneficial for people who are grappling with psychological issues, stress, depression, and anxiety. It can also provide guidance when life transitions occur, such as changing jobs, moving, or going through a divorce. But therapy is not limited to these kinds of situations – many choose to explore self-growth and development with the assistance of a therapist. With their professional insights and support, psychotherapists can offer strategies to navigate the challenges that life presents. From grief to managing depressive episodes or everyday stressors, therapy offers an opportunity for individuals to better understand themselves and work towards meaningful change. Don’t wait – start your journey today!

Psychotherapy is an individualized process tailored towards each client’s unique needs and goals. During sessions, clients discuss their concerns and therapists offer added insight and may advise of strategies for enacting change. Sessions usually last fifty to sixty minutes and many people choose to make regular weekly or biweekly appointments.

In addition, therapists may ask clients to take actions outside of the therapy session. This could include reading up on topics addressed, completing an activity, or keeping track of specific behaviors. Active participation during and between sessions mean that clients should actively implement what they have learned and seek out ongoing personal growth. People who are strongly motivated to achieve positive change are more likely to have an effective outcome.

Things you can expect to learn in therapy:

Self-compassion, respect and understanding.

Perspectives to illuminate negative patterns & feelings.

Effective and proven techniques along with practical guidance

Gaining insight into yourself, your objectives, and your values.

Adapting new approaches for managing pressure and tension.

Enhancing communications and listening capacities.

Developing alternative problem-solving techniques.

Strengthening self-esteem.


To determine if you have mental health coverage, the first thing you should do is check with your insurance carrier. Check your coverage carefully and find the answers to the following questions:
What are my mental health benefits?
What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
How many therapy sessions does my plan cover?
How much does my insurance pay for an out-of-network provider?
Is approval required from my primary care physician?

This is hard to say as the cost per session depends on your insurance plan and if I am considered in or out of network. Additionally, deductibles and copays can vary greatly from plan to plan.

When considering treatment for mental health issues, medication and psychotherapy can often be an effective combination. Together with your primary care doctor, you can decide which option is best for you. This could mean starting a medication, GeneSight testing, or a referral to a psychiatrist.

Simply using medication, in the long run, will not necessarily resolve any underlying issues causing distress, or prevent unhealthy behaviors from recurring. By combining pharmacology and counseling, a holistic approach to wellness can be achieved; one that is far more likely to bring about lasting wellbeing.

In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and psychotherapist. No information is disclosed without prior written permission from the client. However, there are some exceptions required by law to this rule. Exceptions include:

Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse. The therapist is required to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.

If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person. The therapist is required to notify the police.

If a client intends to harm himself or herself. The therapist will make every effort to work with the individual to ensure their safety. However, if an individual does not cooperate, additional measures may need to be taken.

Absolutely. I offer both telephone counseling and video counseling sessions using Zoom and Google Meet.  

I provide therapy for ages 11 and up.

Person-centered therapy is a non-authoritative approach to therapy. In a person-centered session the client takes the lead, and the therapist is more of a guide that shows support and compassion but will offer insight when appropriate. This type of therapy allows for client to discover their own solutions.

In a person-centered therapy session, the therapist will be a compassionate facilitator that listens without passing judgment. The client’s past experiences will be acknowledged and respected. The client will experience encouragement and support during the therapeutic process of self-discovery.

Person centered therapy was developed by psychologist Carl Rogers in the 1940s. Rogers believed that everyone has the capacity to fulfill their own potential. He also believed that all people are unique and have their own view on the world. Rogers felt that clients have the power to come up with their own solutions, he essentially put the power of change back into the hands of the client when other approaches treated the therapist as the all-knowing expert.

If you are dealing with life transitions, anxiety, depression, or if you just need some guidance while untangling your thoughts, I can help.



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