Maria Oppman, LMHC
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Ever since I was a child, helping people was a passion of mine. I was the friend that everyone always came to for help, advice, or guidance. Whether it was family members, friends, or a stranger in a store, I always found myself to be helping others. I knew I wanted to pursue a career in counseling ever since. I obtained my Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology with a focus in Child and Family at Frostburg State University in May of 2015 and then continued my education directly after. I received my Master’s of Science in Counseling Psychology with a Child and Family Emphasis at Frostburg State University, as well, in May of 2018. From there, I have gained experience working with youth, adults, and families, leading me to becoming a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Washington.
I approach therapy from a person-centered approach, tailoring treatment to meet an individual where their needs are. I believe building a therapeutic relationship is the most important aspect to therapy. I strive to promote a safe, non-judgmental environment that allows room for self-growth, exploration, and acceptance. I am skilled in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and will use these interventions to help you along your journey.
When I am not meeting with clients, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, exploring the outdoors, or FaceTiming my family back in Maryland.
Specialties and areas of focus
- Relationship Issues
- Kids/Teens (10+)
- Parenting Issues
- Life Transitions
Q&A with Maria
1.) Some therapists are more comfortable addressing the immediate problem, while others want to focus on the deeper issue. Which are you?
I think that I am both. I think it’s important to recognize and identify significant events that have occurred throughout one’s lifetime in order to better understand the present, but also understand that this is a difficult process and I want my clients to feel comfortable.
2.) Do you tend to lead the session, or follow my lead?
I believe in following the client’s lead and as we build a stronger working relationship, then I like to intertwine the two.
3.) What are your strengths as a therapist?
I’ve been told by clients that I am easy-going, funny, and have made therapy enjoyable for them. I think my biggest strength is making others feel comfortable and joining with those that I work with.
4.) If you had one superpower, what would it be and why?
I would love to be able to teleport, that way I could go back and forth from Washington to Maryland so I could see my family.
5.) What makes you laugh?
Really anything! I am such an easy going person, who loves to be silly, so I find humor in just about anything.
6.) Who would you have dinner with, dead or alive?
I would have dinner with my mom. I only get to see her in-person about once a year and man do I miss that beautiful woman!