Counselor / Therapist
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Maxine Sushelsky, LMHC
Are You Experiencing a Loss or Other Life Transition?
279 Massachusetts Avenue   
ArlingtonMA 02474
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Practice Information:
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
 Anger Management
 Anxiety and Panic
 Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
 Body Image Issues
 Caregiver Issues
 Coronavirus/COVID-19 Issues
 Chronic Illness
 Couples Therapy
 Eating Disorders
 Grief and Loss
 Group Therapy
 Life Transitions
 Marriage & Family Therapy
 Marriage Counseling
 Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
 Online / Video / Teletherapy
 Pre and Postpartum Mental Health
 Relationship Issues
 Self Esteem Issues
 Seniors and Elder Care Issues
 Stress Management
 Trauma and PTSD
 Women's Issues
 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
Payments Accepted:
Cash, Check, Insurance, EAP
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