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Meet Marie Whelan

Associate Professional Clinical Counselor (#12438)

It's always difficult to write something in this part of the website. Too much, and you sound full of yourself. Too little, and you sound like you don't know what you are doing. 

But I do know this...I truly love being a counselor. I love talking to people and helping them clear decades of blocks to becoming the best person you can become. I spend most of my free time learning more techniques to becoming a better therapist and bringing those skills into the room with my clients.

Life is not perfect and healing is not linear. But we can work together to make it as good as possible. I look forward to meeting you!



About Marie Whelan, APCC, MA, ABS

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Marie Whelan, PhD Candidate, MA, APCC, ABS

Registered Associate Professional Clinical Counselor (#12438)

Sex & Relationship Therapist, Educator, Speaker, Author, Blogger

Marie is a Registered Associate Professional Clinical Counselor and is supervised by Kira Monterrey.  Marie takes a holistic and collaborative approach to treatment, that emphasizes creating a safe, non-judgmental, and trusting therapeutic relationship to allow for client self-exploration, authenticity, and achievement.


On a personal note, Marie has experienced marriage, divorce, dating, raising and launching children from the nest, life-threatening illness, loved ones’ addictions, grief and loss, and she draws from her education and training as well as from her life experience to offer empathy and connection with her clients along their therapeutic journeys.


  • Attachment Issues

  • Anxiety, panic attacks, and depression

  • Gender identity, questioning, & fluidity

  • Empty-Nest, Menopause, and Mid-Life Depression

  • Age-related Sexual Dysfunctions

  • Communication and Boundary-Setting

  • Self-Worth / Self-Esteem

  • Self-Sabotage, Procrastination, Loss of Control & Goal-Setting

  • Sexuality, divorce, infidelity, parenting/co-parenting, polyamory/ethical non-monogamy, and BDSM/kink 

  • Stress management 

  • Spiritual/Existential Questioning

Therapeutic Methodologies and Modalities:

  • Art / Sand / Journaling Therapy

  • Attachment-Based Therapy (ABT)

  • Attachment-Focused  Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (AF-EMDR)

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

  • Ecotherapy / Nature Therapy

  • Emotional Freedom Technique - Tapping

  • Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT)

  • Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT)

  • Existential Psychotherapy

  • Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)

  • Gottman Couples Therapy

  • Holistic and Nutritional Counseling

  • LGBTQIA+ Affirmative Therapy

  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)

  • Positive Psychology Therapy

  • Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy (PACT)

  • Sex-Therapy

  • Short-Term Solution-Focused Therapy (STSF)

  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)

  • Somatic Psychotherapy

  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)


  • ART - Accelerated Resolution Therapy

  • EFT - Emotionally Focused Therapy - ICEEFT

  • EFIT - Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy - ICEEFT

  • CCATP – Certified Clinical Anxiety Trauma Professional - PESI

  • EMDR – Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing Trained - EMDRIA

  • Fundamentals of Positive Psychology Certification- University of Pennsylvania



Telehealth, East Bay - Brentwood


Adults, Teens, Pre-Teens, Couples, Groups

Organization Memberships & Affiliations:

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