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Mari Mars
Mari
Mars
706-255-0180
706-255-0180
678-550-9093
www.petrichorcounseling.com
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3460 Summit Ridge Pkwy, Suite 503
Duluth
Georgia
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30096
United States
2014
Licensed Associate Professional Counselor
OFFLINE
Hello, I'm Mari! I'm so excited that you found my page! I am an intimacy and sexuality counselor. I specialize in sex therapy. I have a heart and a passion for helping those who face the unique challenges of intimacy, sexuality, and sexual orientation. I am committed to helping you through a variety of methods which are specific to your needs, your situation, and your level of comfort. Sex therapy never involves any nudity, touching, or sexual behavior of any sort. We will only talk. I will help you become empowered, achieve healing, reclaim intimacy, become more healthily aware of yourself, and improve the overall quality of your life. We will work together, at your pace, in a setting which is relaxing, non-judgmental, and private.

Hello, I'm Mari!  I'm so excited that you found my page!  I am an intimacy and sexuality counselor.  I specialize in sex therapy.   I have a heart and a passion for helping those who face the unique challenges of intimacy, sexuality, and sexual orientation. I am committed to helping you through a variety of methods which are specific to your needs, your situation, and your level of comfort.  Sex therapy never involves any nudity, touching, or sexual behavior of any sort.  We will only talk. I will help you become empowered, achieve healing, reclaim intimacy, become more healthily aware of yourself, and improve the overall quality of your life.  We will work together, at your pace, in a setting which is relaxing, non-judgmental, and private.

As a counselor who specializes in sex therapy, I enjoy working with individuals and couples experiencing intimacy issues or sexual dysfunction, chronic sexual pain, erectile dysfunction, infertility issues, sexual orientation or gender issues, sexual trauma and abuse survivors, and sexual issues in disability.  I also work with people experiencing depression, anxiety, or any kind of mental health issue.

So what's the difference between sex therapy and regular therapy or couples therapy?  All therapy likely has a sexual component to it.  Somewhere along the way, any ethical counselor will discuss and explore issues around sexuality.  However, sex therapy is more focused on these issues.  Sexuality is intricately complex and interwoven with every part of our life (though we often don't realize it).  So, more than likely, we will explore all areas of your life during therapy.    Think of sex therapy like the difference between going to a general practitioner and a gynecologist when having gynecological issues.  You could probably go to a general practitioner, but you will get more specialized attention from a gynecologist.  Sex therapy is much the same- specialized and particular to your needs and circumstances.

Sexual well-being is an integral part of our humanity and is often overlooked.  It is often considered taboo to discuss these types of challenges.  I am committed to delicately assisting you in addressing challenges, being respectful of your boundaries, and mindful of your goals for therapy all along the way.

A little more info:                                                                                      
Mari graduated valedictorian from Hellenic College in Brookline, MA with a bachelor's degree in religious studies.  She earned a Master's of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Mercer University and, while in residence there, completed her internship at Peachford Behavioral Health Systems in Atlanta, Georgia.  She is a Nationally Certified Counselor (learn more about nationally certified counselors at at www.nbcc.org) and is a licensed Associate Professional Counselor in the state of Georgia.                                                                                                    
 
Mari is working toward a certification from AASECT- The American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists.  She is already a member of this organization and is constantly continuing her education in the area of sex therapy, intimacy, and sexuality counseling.  In addition to being a member of AASECT, she is a member of the American Counseling Association and the American Psychological Association and abides by the codes of ethics of these organizations.
Mari is an active advocate for sexual minorities.  She enjoys cooking and singing opera, classical, and broadway music.  She and her husband have a six year old son. 
 

Mari works under the supervision of Anni Tuikka, LPC, CST, CPCS and the direction of Julie I. Coker, MS, EdS, LPC.
*Anni Tuikka, dba Anna Kaye

 Marilisse I. Mars, MS, LAPC, NCC                                                                                                                                                                                                    Georgia State License: APC004931

Duluth, GA; Norcross, GA; Alpharetta, GA; Atlanta, GA; Cumming, GA; Flowery Branch, GA; Lawrenceville, GA; Suwanee, GA; Buford, GA; Johns Creek, GA
Sex therapy, intimacy, sexuality, LGBT, LGBT affirmative therapy, trauma, sexual trauma, chronic sexual pain, sexual dysfunction, sex addiction, low desire

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