Maryjane Reilly, MA, LPC, NCC
– Therapist –
I am a Chicago native, and I grew up with a large Italian/Irish family that all lived on the same street. Naturally, I have a passion for quality family time and good food! In 2016, I moved out to Denver to pursue my Master’s, and fell in love with the city so I have stayed since.
Artistic expression and creative exploration has always been an important part of my life. In fact, I have completed an art journal prompt every day since early 2013 – it has grown into quite the collection! I have a sweet dog that fills a significant amount of my time, but I also love to paint, spend a day in the mountains, or go to a concert or show in my spare time.
“I believe in empowering those I work with to rewrite their own narrative through creating a safe space for non-judgmental, honest and hopeful conversation that ultimately reflects back to them their inherent value and worth.”
I hold a Bachelor of Arts Degree in both General Art and Psychology from Judson University, as well as a Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Denver Seminary. I also earned an additional certifications in both Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Experiential Play Therapy.
My life was personally changed from my own counseling when I was young – and not only this, but my entire family system was changed for the better. Therapy opened up my own world. Because of this, I am passionate about creating a safe place for each individual to process their life, challenge themselves to grow, ask important questions and practice acceptance of self.
I know how powerful the process can be, and have had the privilege of walking with others toward healing and acceptance in many contexts now and I experience deep joy from my work with kids, teens and adults.
To best serve my clients, I use an integrative approach with an emphasis on person-centered, cognitive-behavioral, and narrative-based therapies. I believe in the power of expression through play and I am certified in both Experiential play Therapy and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
I specialize in working with those who have been impacted by trauma, divorce, addiction and substance abuse, grief and loss, parent-child relational challenges, social anxiety, adjustment issues, and reintegration. I recognize the importance of honoring the unique cultural background and personal values of the individual to facilitate empowerment and growth.
I strive to empower people to understand themselves and their situations better while at the same time providing resources for coping skills, developing healthy relationships, self-regulation, and instilling a positive self-image.
“I want my clients to feel more connected to themselves throughout this process, moving towards self awareness and self acceptance. I believe that being understood is fundamental to change, and being able to help clients not only feel better and find relief but also understand their motivations and gain insight is one of my great joys.”
I try to creatively use interventions and experiential moments when they are needed or helpful. I intentionally include mindfulness activities into most (if not all) sessions, whether that be through play, art interventions, modeling or regulation strategies offered when needed.