About Denese Marshall, LPC, AADC
Addictions and Substance Use Disorders
Youth Mental Health
Parenting and Families
Multicultural Individuals, Couples, & Families
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, Advanced Alcohol & Drug Counselor, and a Nationally Board Certified Counselor. I completed my undergraduate work in Psychology and Criminology and earned my Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from CACREP approved Fairfield University. I have worked with adolescents and adults facing addiction, trauma, and OCD. I've lived in the Middle East for 10 years and gained a broad understanding of different cultures and gender disparities.
I believe that our past or life choices influences our behavior, but they do not define who we are. I help my clients find meaning in their experiences and help them learn to develop a sense of peace that comes from making sense of our experiences.
In my practice, I believe in an existential approach and believe the power of change lies within us all. I foster an accepting environment that allows a sense of calm, allowing my clients to begin to gain the tools to access their own resources to facilitate change and healing. By utilizing Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP) with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and other evidence based approaches I help guide my clients through their journey of self discovery, growth and change.
I have worked as an Intensive Outpatient Program Facilitator, Outpatient Clinician, Anger Management Group Leader for men and women, CBT-12 for Relapse Prevention, as well as Dual Diagnosis Groups. I have also worked with clients with a criminal background to assist in both rehabilitative/reintegration following incarceration, as well as helping clients with addiction to prepare for incarceration. I am QPR certified to assess for suicidality.
I am currently on the board for Moms Against Marijuana Addiction (MAMA) and have authored a bullying prevention book for children ages 4-7 to teach children to accept differences and exercise acts of kindness.