Healing Therapies Counseling

~where  clinical support flows within the wisdom of intuition
Valerie R. McManus, LCSW-C

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~ About the Practice~

 


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alerie R. McManus, LCSW-C, director and founder of Healing Therapies, is an intuitive psychotherapist specializing in the treatment of postpartum disorders (peripartum mental illness), anxiety & stress, overall life dissatisfaction and/or transition, grief & loss,  and parenting challenges.                   
After obtaining her Masters in Social Work from the University of Maryland in 1999, Valerie dedicated much of her early social work career to the areas of child welfare and advocacy and women-focused education. She has continued her journey of service exploring the use of energetic &  holistic therapy techniques to compliment the healing process. The outcome is an eclectic treatment model through an integrative approach.      

Also an author, Valerie's first book, A Look in the Mirror; Freeing Yourself from the Body Image Blues was published by the Child Welfare League of America in 2002.  Her workshop of the same title has been presented along the East Coast since 1999.

   Valerie'
s second book, a memoir entitled, The
   Boy Who Birthed Me
, chroni
cals her own
   healing journey through child maltreatment, internal crisis, 
postpartum   
   depression and renewed self-discovery.  Previously self-published, it is
   expected to be re-released for purchase later this year.

   Valerie's first children's book series, Magic Marzipan chronicles the
   adventures of 11-year-old Margaret Appleton as she develops and
    follows her own psychic and intuitive gifts.  Joined by her best friend
   and staunch supporter, Justin Tremble, the two find that following your
   own truest voice comes with great reward (first of the series, Meet Magic
                                          Marzipan, is expected for release in 2018).


The Healing Therapies practice is situated conveniently in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. coorridor of Historic Ellicott City, Maryland and is easily accessible via I-95 as well as I-495.  We are housed within the Mindful Wei Wellness Center in Courthouse Square at 3525 Ellicott Mills Drive, Suite N, Ellicott City, Maryland 21043.

               

                                        Views of the Historic District of Ellicott City
          
 
           

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The Mindful Wei Wellness Waiting/Common Areas
offer visitors a quiet, grounding and serene space in which to await their practitioner. 

      

        
                                  

Valerie's office
is designed with her clients comfort in mind, offering a sense of tranquility and well-being while energizing the spirit.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
    
                                                          
                         
My Story; Why Intuitive Healing?

During my mid 20’s, my husband and I began contemplating having children. Instead of an enthusiastic thrill, I was overcome with intolerable distress.  What had previously seemed like minor misalignment in certain areas of my life, was now clear evidence that a larger problem existed. My most authentic self had become stifled by the psychological effects of child maltreatment and buried under societal expectations and cultural norms. It was unacceptable to me to become someone’s mother while I was so increasingly confused about who I was and who I’d become.

During this period of turmoil, I explored many avenues for relief; some of them dramatic, some more subtle.  I left my social work job in treatment foster care, which had become increasingly bureaucratic, in search of work I could feel good about again.  I traveled across country independently staying in youth hostels and exploring in the woods.  I scrutinized every aspect of the life I had chosen and feared I’d made many wrong choices.

In a moment of great vulnerability and despair On New Year’s Day of 2002, I asked, out loud, for guidance.  What followed was a clarifying ‘vision’. In this revelation I saw myself joyfully working with private therapy clients in a holistic and integrated way; my soul fully unrestrained.  And, in being free, I was inviting others to find their own freedom.  This revelation would prove to be of meaningful significance as I continued my journey.

Shortly after attaining my private therapy license, I became pregnant with my first child.  By this time, many things in my life had begun to settle into place. I felt home-free among all the sweetness and excitement.  During a marathon labor and life-threatening delivery, my brain and body were slammed with a severe episode of postpartum depression (PPD).  I was blindsided.

The depths of my pain and panic were shocking.  During those first weeks, when I looked in the mirror I did not recognize the pale and shallow-eyed stranger returning my gaze. Uprooted from a time of great hope and ease, I had been plummeted down into a cavernous despair.  I was lost.

Through the support of many, my daily battle with PPD was a brave yet tenuous one. Some days it defeated me, slamming me back into an ocean of blankets and tissues.  Countless hours were spent struggling to remember what life had been like before the beast had taken me over so completely. I wondered, how could others be so seemingly functional and I was in such a state of torment?  I fantasized about abandoning my family to disappear in some faraway land where no one would know my name. The possibility of one day finding purpose and meaning in the depths of this misery were of no consolation. But in time, great purpose and meaning did, in fact, come.

There exist several risk factors which can predict the likelihood of a woman developing PPD.  Therefore, the subsequent healing (through the deepest layers of the illness) offers a strong invitation to become present to, and more fully resolve, those associated factors.  As my own buried struggles came to the surface, I was reminded of my own intuitive gifts and naturally drawn to those who would help me honor and grow them. I worked with energy healers using breath work and body awareness skills. These supports reignited my creativity and vigor, greatly enhancing my healing process.

In exposing myself to these various techniques I was, not only emerging from my PPD nightmare, but was grooming myself to be the kind of therapist I had envisioned on New Years Day only two years previous.  I did not just access holistic healing so as to find my own greater sense of inner peace, but I studied it passionately so as to be better equipped to, one day, be a support in the healing journey of others.

As a result of these experiences, I have dedicated my professional life to a unique form of integrated counseling; uniting traditional and holistic methods with my innate intuitive abilities. Through my practice, Healing Therapies, I treat clients around a variety of emotional issues (including anxiety, depression, distractibility, grief, relationship challenges, work stress, family dynamics, loss/lack of direction) and specialize in the treatment of Postpartum Disorders. 


I want to hear about your situation and struggles. Let's see if I can help. 
Call me for a free consultation at 410-465-8687 or use our online scheduling tab:



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