Counselor / Therapist in Arlington, MA

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Maxine Sushelsky, LMHC

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Are You Experiencing a Loss or Other Life Transition?
Are you grieving the loss of an important person in your life?

Grief can shake your world. You might be struggling with conflicting feelings, a need to, and sometimes a fear of, expressing and understanding your feelings; seeking a way to honor the deceased person; struggling to live your day-to-day life; and wondering what your future will be like.

Are you experiencing a life-stage transition such as early adulthood or midlife?

Are you overwhelmed and uncertain, feeling sad, anxious, grief-stricken, resentful, conflicted, or confused?

Change of all types stirs up unsettling feelings, including unresolved issues, memories and traumas. Or, you might feel a sense of loss one minute, and a sense of new frontiers the next. You might feel like a stranger to yourself, acting in ways that are different from your usual ways of acting and being in the world.

Transitions are a part of life, just as they are a part of nature. They are special times because they provide an opening for increased self-understanding and for strengthening your core self. Whether you have chosen a transition or it has come into your life without your choosing or wanting it, a transition offers you an opportunity to increase your self-confidence and your ability to make more conscious choices.

Though it may seem daunting, sorting out your feelings with a trained professional can enhance your sense of control and well-being, helping you weather the difficulties and make a smoother transition. When your feelings overwhelm you, they can cloud your vision and interfere with your best intentions. When they are given a voice in a safe place with a compassionate and skilled listener, rather than being at their mercy, your feelings can infuse your life with energy and passion. I enjoy helping people find, listen to, and accept the wisdom of their own inner voice while navigating difficult life transitions.
I am licensed in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). My graduate coursework included traditional counseling and psychotherapy, as well as training in the use of art, guided imagery, relaxation and breathing techniques as tools to help clients express themselves in ways that work best for each individual client. I have post-graduate training and education in psychodynamic therapy, mindfulness, new paradigms of grief, complicated grief, young adults and loss, end-of-life caregivers, therapeutic writing, and group therapy. I received Deep River Facilitator training from Abby Seixas.

I have worked in out-patient mental health centers, partial hospitalization programs, and a college counseling center, providing individual and group counseling to people struggling with many different challenges and navigating many different types of transitions. I also have attended law school and worked in the legal field for many years, so I am in a unique position to understand the challenges faced by law students and lawyers.
Practice Areas
 Counseling / Therapy  Life Transitions
 Anger Management  Loneliness
 Anxiety and Panic  Marriage & Family Therapy
 Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)  Marriage Counseling
 Body Image Issues  Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
 Caregiver Issues  Online / Video / Teletherapy
 Coronavirus/COVID-19 Issues  Pre and Postpartum Mental Health
 Chronic Illness  Relationship Issues
 Couples Therapy  Self Esteem Issues
 Depression  Seniors and Elder Care Issues
 Divorce  Stress Management
 Eating Disorders  Trauma and PTSD
 Grief and Loss  Women's Issues
 Group Therapy  Work and Career Issues
 Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)
M.A., Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Lesley University
J.D., Law, Suffolk University
B.L.S., Psychology, Boston University
Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association (MaMHCA)
Northeastern Society for Group Psychotherapy (NSGP)
Payments Accepted
Cash, Check, Insurance, EAP
License:6658 MA
279 Massachusetts Avenue
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