Therapist Profile

Name:
Mary Julia Klimenko, M.A.
Professional Title:
Location:
Not Listed Benicia, CA 94510 UNITED STATES
Phone:
(707) 746-1645
License Number
LMFT27292
Practicing Since:
1990
Additional Licenses:
MFT

Personal Statement

Personal Statement:
I've been in private practice in Benicia, CA for twenty-two years. Prior to opening a private practice, I was co-director of the Adult Day Treatment Program at First Hospital Psychiatric. I've also worked at the Concord Vet Center with veterans and their families and Parent's United for victims of molest and their families. I'm a compassionate and interactive therapist. Often people coming to therapy for the first time are feeling very anxious.I don't find it helps to stare at them until they speak. I'm non-judgmental and take pride in the number of individuals, couples, and families who've sought and received care over the years I've been in practice. Communication, at home or professionally, is often one of the core issues people have, whether they are depressed and not able to ask for what they need, anxious and misunderstood, frustrated and finding themselves blowing up and still not getting their needs met, needing more love, attention, affection, intimacy from partners and not knowing how to get it or not knowing how to talk to a boss or co-worker. Gaining an understanding of what isn't working and how to change it is a way to a happier, more satisfying life. No one should go through life feeling anxious, depressed, lonely, misunderstood, and unheard, when there are ways to transform the negative problem into positive energy, to learn about how childhood development leaves scars that affect an adult's interaction with others and how unknown coping mechanisms that worked for the adult as a child, could be working against the person as an adult. Withdrawing and isolating might have worked to stay out away from parental anger but can be disastrous if a partner wants to have a difficult but non-violent discussion. This is just one example of a coping mechanism working for a child and backfiring for that child as an adult. There are many other ways the child learns to be that don't work for the same person in the adult world. Depriving oneself or being self-destructive are two common issues today, such as dieting or excessive drinking or smoking. Get to the heart of the real problem and make positive progress toward mastering the problem. Too often people aren't as good to themselves as they are to others. They don't understand why they feel anxious and depressed most of the time. Learn in therapy about how you aren't good to yourself and master ways to take better care of yourself. As a writer and collaborator with visual artists, I have insight into creative blocks and the development of a creative life. I have worked with many gay and transgender clients as well as heterosexual, bi-sexual people and people in open marriages and relationships. I also help people who are uncomfortable with their sexual preferences and want to develop a healthier and more accepting attitude toward themselves. I am a certified Master Hypnotist and Hypnotherapist. I'm open to all modalities of therapy, talk therapy, hypnotherapy, Internet and phone sessions. If you prefer or are not able to come to my office, I am available for weekend and late night sessions via Skype (depending on the time), email, IM, and phone.

About My Practice

Office Hours
Wed, Thurs, Fri. 9 AM to 9 PM Late hours and weekends: Skype(depending on hour), Yahoo, IM, Email,Phone
Services
Psychotherapy, Hypnotherapy, and Coaching. Women's, Men's, Couples Issues. Sex and sexuality issues. Individuation and development of the true self. Self-Esteem, Creativity, Trauma, depression, anxiety, relationships, menopause, divorce, and family problems. I don't accept credit cards but you can pay by going through my website: www.mjklimenko.com to PayPal and paying with PayPal before your session.
Insurance
Any Insurance Eligible, Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Blue Shield of CA, MHN, Most Insurance Accepted, Most PPO's and Indemnity, Other, Out-of-Network coverage, Private Pay, PPO, Tricare, United Behavioral Health, Victims of Crime
Credit Cards Accepted
None
Free Initial Consult
No
Offers Teletherapy
Online, Phone

Education

Degrees
M.A., University of San Francisco, Counseling Psychology

Area of Specialty

Specialites:
Addictions
Anxiety
Career Stress and Changes
Childhood Trauma
Combat/Military Related Trauma
Communication Skills
Couples
Creativity
Depression/Clinical Depression
Eating Disorders
Gay/Lesbian/Bi/Questioning
Hypnosis
Individual
Life Transitions/Mid-Life Issues
Men's Issues
Parenting
Persons With Disabilities
Phobias
PsychoEducational
Relationships
Sexual Dysfunction
Self Esteem/Personal Growth
Step/Blended Families
Telephone/Online Therapy
Trauma
Women's Issues

Other

Theoretical Orientation
Art/Movement/Psychodrama
Behavioral
Brief/Solution Focused Therapy
Cognitive-Behavioral
Cognitive
Control Mastery
Communications
Developmental/Depth
Eclectic (Many Therapies)
Family Systems
Gestalt
Jungian
Narrative
Object Relations
Process
Psychoanalytic
Psychodynamic
Psychology
Satir
Systems
Certifications
Hypnotherapy Master Hypnotist Certified Hypnotherapist Member American Academy of Hypnotist Examiners
Languages Spoken
English
Ethnicity
Caucasian (Non-Hispanic)

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