I'm Marianne Cortes, I'm happy you found me! I am a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) located in Miami.
Do you enjoy reading stuff related to your personal development and self understanding? Do you seek to improve your relationships but don't really have the desire to submit to therapy? Are you in therapy now? Are you a psychology nerd? Do you just want some free self-help info? Maybe this blog will interest you!
About the BLOG
THIS BLOG, is a personal project. I am interested to share some reflections and material on personal development for individuals seeking content that furthers your self-understanding or enhances overall personal effectiveness.
In this blog you will find plenty of references to mindfulness (and mindful living), relationships, feminist topics, career, wellness, creativity, connection, goal setting, psychology and who knows what else! You can read a little bit more on what inspired this blog here.
MOON BLOOMED is about flourishing towards your full beautiful potential. It promotes self-care and self-love.
MOON BLOOMED is about taking responsibility of your personal development and happiness, with the understanding that our happiness and wellness benefits our world around us.
MOON BLOOMED is also about the acceptance that change is inevitable and it is more often than not, a series of phases (and sometimes cycles, just like the moon) -so be patient with yourself, others and Life 'situations'.
My professional work
The most recent work involves leading and supervising the clinical department of a non-profit program that provides supportive services to immigrant children and adolescents, many with significant trauma and vulnerable to human trafficking. Other community work with children and teens has been primarily within non-profit settings and treating a range of issues (ADHD, behavioral issues, mood disorders, trauma, substance abuse, anger issues, anxiety, depression, self harm/suicide ideation). Specific community interests include at-risk youths, empowering the economic and socially disadvantaged, and the health and education of children, teens, and families.
In my current private practice, I offer psychotherapy ("talk" therapy) for adults and older teens. My practice also provides custom educational workshops on Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for stress, work performance and relationships. Couples or individuals I have helped in private practice are typically burning out from stress, feeling stuck, unfilled in their personal relationships, creatively blocked, unhappy with work, struggling in managing depression and anxiety, having trouble with a life transition or just desiring a positive change.
My past clientele has been very diverse and from various walks of life. Being able to connect with different cultures, backgrounds and socio-economic statuses has been a privilege, and I am grateful for that. For me, human connection is a healing art and psychotherapy can facilitate that. I love what I do, which is conveyed in the unique personal attention, support, and presence I offer to each of my clients.
What I have learned from my professional (and personal) encounters is that 1) we all suffer, 2) we all have the desire to love, be loved, and feel appreciated, and 3) we all have the inherent potential to realize and meet our 'Best Self'. Our 'best self' can be cultivated through the discovery of our gifts/talents/interests --it takes work but personal growth has no limits :)
In between my professional work, I'm a hands on mom to 2 awesome and adorable boys and a wife to my best friend and life partner <3. I have a creative streak that feeds off writing, doodling, collage-journaling and an endorphin loving brain that thrives from dancing, running, yoga and occasional caffeine jolts.