This past December, Alpha Omega Clinic welcomed Marie Aleman, a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor, to our Bethesda, Maryland office. Marie is passionate about integrating psychology and Catholic anthropology in order to restore hope and healing to suffering clients. Her specialties include couples counseling, parenting skills training, and child-centered play therapy. She utilizes a combination of cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, and interpersonal techniques in order to meet the particular needs of each client.

Marie is passionate about couples counseling and utilizes Relationship Enhancement Therapy, designed specifically for couples work. With RE, couples are “able to empathetically listen to their partners to a greater extent and learn how to communicate their feelings and needs in a more effective manner, in a manner that does not make the other partner feel attacked,” she says. Marie also offers feedback sessions for couples who have completed the FOCCUS inventory for marriage preparation.

Marie also utilizes Child-Centered Play Therapy and Filial Therapy when working with children and their parents. Marie explains that this form of therapy “aids children in learning how to manage their emotions, accept their social environments that can sometimes be unpredictable and frustrating, explore their feelings about past experiences, learn how to follow rules or limits, and gain a greater sense of self-worth and confidence in his or her abilities.”

Marie received her Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from the Institute for the Psychological Sciences. Prior to joining Alpha Omega Clinic, she received clinical training at the Institute for the Psychological Sciences Clinic, at the Family Services Department, and the St. Margaret Cortona Transitional Residence, both associated with Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Arlington.

For more information about Marie’s specialties or for information about other clinicians at Alpha Omega Clinic, please visit https://aoclinic.org/clinicians-and-staff/.