Maria Statkus, MA

Deer Park

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Personal Statement

Everyone hits highs and lows in their lives. We all wish to be heard, understood, and accepted, which is why I value each and every experience shared. I believe in the notion of “putting yourself in ones’ shoes” to fully accept and understand others exactly how they are and what they are experiencing.

I am passionate about giving voice to those who struggle to make their voice heard and encouraging clients to make positive and lasting changes in their lives. Each and every individual, child and adult, has the internal power to be the person they wish to be, through understanding, acceptance, and creating their unique meaning and purpose in life.

Who I Serve

As a therapist, I enjoy working with diverse populations, including clients of different ages, cultural backgrounds, and ethnicities. I work towards providing a space for children to express their emotions, feelings, and experiences in ways they can understand: through play. I strive to foster a space of understanding and acceptance when working with adolescents, families, and adults; to help them understand and put meaning towards their experiences, process their emotions, and make positive changes within themselves and their lives.

Treatment Specialties and Competencies

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Play therapy
  • Sandtray therapy
  • Emotional regulation
  • Bullying & peer victimization
  • Divorce & family conflict
  • Behavioral problems
  • Self-esteem & low self-confidence
  • Grief & loss
  • Self-harm

Theoretical Approach

My approach is client-centered based, integrating other specific techniques and interventions to meet each client’s unique needs. I believe a strong, empathic counselor-client relationship is one of the most important factors that results in successful change. After a trusting and understanding relationship has been built, I pull in client strengths during sessions to encourage growth and promote positive changes within their lives. It is an honor to listen and understand the lives and experiences of my clients.

Education

  • Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Adler University in Chicago, IL.
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from University of Illinois at Chicago in Chicago,IL

Experience

I have experience providing therapeutic services to children and adolescents. I completed a 1-year internship at a Chicago public school, where I learned how to effectively utilize play therapy to combat the specific and unique issues students face in their day-to-day lives. I plan to work towards my play therapist credential and more effectively utilize play therapy in sessions.

Affiliations/Memberships

  • Association of Play Therapy
  • American Counseling Association
  • Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Academic & Professional Honor Society