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Maria Athekame, Master Social Worker, Infinity Mental Health, Maryland & Washington DC

Maria Athekame LMSW, LGSW, MSW

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Maria Athekame LMSW, LGSW, MSW

Master Social Worker

I provide therapy for adults that are living with chronic illness or in the role of caretaker. Oftentimes isolation, guilt, sadness and anger show up in many ways – such as, non-communication with loved ones, withdrawal from activities due to physical change or a dislike or refusal to engage in a new lifestyle. In my work with clients, I have found that the issues that are affecting your life are often hard to speak about with friends and family due to fear of being misunderstood or judged. This emotional isolation can lead to depressive and anxious thoughts, feeling out of control of your life, and missing the “old you”.

The first priority of therapy is the work that we do to build trust. It’s important to have a space where clients feel like they can explain the complex emotions they are feeling without feeling judged.

I have over a decade of experience providing mental health care to individuals and families. It is powerful to witness a client’s transformation through the use of tools and talk therapy. I draw from evidence-based interventions to help client’s gain the skills and resources they need. I support clients with chronic illness/pain or caretakers that are experiencing feelings of anxiety, depression, identity exploration, and communication challenges.

I understand how hard it can be to find the right provider. Working with the right therapist can have a lasting effect on how client’s view and engage with the world, offer comfort in a time of emotional and physical challenges, and provide a space to say the things that are causing feelings of hurt, disconnectedness, and loneliness in the world.

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