Marianne Redmond Lopez, LCSW Owner, CEO, Training Chief, & Therapist
Being a human is difficult. Each and every one of us, at some point in our lives, finds ourselves lost and stuck. We step back and take a look at our life and realize that this is not the life we had planned, that maybe we are not the person we had wanted to be. We look at the people and things we’re spending our energy on, and recognize that we’re not moving any closer to the life we wanted (and sometimes are actually moving away from the life we wanted). My work focuses on helping individuals figure out how to get unstuck, to choose a direction, and to take steps toward the life that they actually want.
Marianne Redmond Lopez (Marianne), MSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Virginia. She received a Masters in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Mary Washington College (now UMW). Ms. Lopez is Founder & Owner, CEO, and Supervisor of Intuitive Journeys. Through her practice she shares her passion and vision for/of helping others. Her current practice focus is forwarding her vision to bring together a team of professionals whose common goal is working for the positive growth and development of clients and communities. Each provider on the Team IJ has talents in different areas allowing for comprehensive holistic mental health and wellness services to be available for all ages, struggles, and communities. Team IJ utilizes the Wellness Model of being proactive and preventative in services.
Marianne has worked in clinical, community, hospital, street, outreach, medical, and school settings serving individuals, couples, and families. She enjoys and works with children, adolescents and adults. Her current treatment arenas focus on anxiety, depression, grief, mood, addictions (any), domestic violence, personality disorders, women’s reproductive and emotional health (infertility, pregnancy, after delivery, and/or pregnancy loss), medical issues, PTS/D, TBI, chronic pain, sexuality, parenting, work, life, and relationship issues. Marianne pairs with Mr. Jaysun Baez to offer specialized individualized combined counseling/coaching services for those struggling with intimacy (emotional and/or physical). These sessions help individuals and couples struggling with various issues such as communication, transitional periods in their relationships, sexual concerns and/or struggles, and those looking to strengthen their relationships during challenging times.
Understanding that each person is unique and an individual, Marianne takes the time to get to know who her clients really are, listen to each, and understand each individual’s concerns. Using a warm, humorous, nonjudgmental, and empathetic style, she works together with you to figure out how you can become your best, most positive, self. Marianne believes therapy is a collaborative process which can be used to promote self-care and self-healing.
A famous quote from Shakespeare says that even though our eyebrows are on our face, we can’t see them without the help of a mirror. As a therapist, I strive to be the mirror that allows you to see your true self.
Marianne works with individuals utilizing a person-centered approach, or meeting the client where they are and collaborating with them as they move past obstacles or stumbling blocks in their lives. In her many years of experience, she has worked with outreach programs, crisis teams, and as a trauma specialist responding and working with victims of trauma due to grief, loss or violence. Marianne has also worked with local hospitals and community centers offering supportive services to individuals and families with chronic medical and mental health struggles. She has extensive training in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Trauma Focused work (TF-CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Systems and Solution-Focused services.
Marianne’s therapeutic approach is as an interactive, engaging therapist that provides respectful, warm, supportive, practical, and direct feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. She works in a holistic manner (using mind-body-spirit techniques) to help individuals find and use their unique strengths as mechanisms for change. She has over 20 years experience as therapist, counselor educator, community advocate, and consultant. She integrates an eclectic theory approach to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. Some interventions include CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy), DBT, TF-CBT, ACT, and Imago therapy modalities. With compassion and understanding, she works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are desiring and committed to accomplishing. Her work focuses on helping individuals develop the skills they need to thrive in relationships and to discover things in themselves that may be preventing them from experiencing a genuine connection with self and others.
Personal Corner: Marianne and her best friend, her husband live in an awesome neighborhood with 4 dogs (3 Yorkies that equal 10 pounds together and 1 very loving 160-pound Rottie). Marianne and her husband love to regularly roam the neighborhood streets by taking him (Mr. Rottie) on walks to greet the neighbors and roll in the nicest-looking yards (his favorite activities, not theirs). Marianne also loves playing the piano, listening to music (all types), reading, watching all types of movies, being with family and friends, anything that has to do with the water (swimming, boating, etc) and traveling.
I consider it a privilege to be a part of your personal growth and understand it can be difficult to make changes. I look forward to working with you on your journey to become healthier, stronger, and more peaceful both personally and in relationships. Choosing the right therapist to work with is an important step, so I’m happy to chat about questions you might have and make sure you get the right fit. I integrate many different perspectives to give my clients the most productive experience possible.
Folks ask about my understanding of medications…
I tend to be against using medication for emotional/behavioral issues (especially with children and adolescents), yet will review with a client if they are considering medications or I feel they need to consider starting a medication. I don’t believe that medication should be prescribed without a complete assessment from a psychiatrist. I don’t believe that a person should be able to tell their doctor they’re feeling ‘bad’ and walk out with a prescription for something. After several sessions of psychotherapy, if a client’s sadness, hopelessness, or high level of anxiety are still present, then I will work with the client to review a client’s needs with a physician or psychiatrist.
I have several psychiatrists in the 95/66 corridor that I like to refer clients to, and believe it’s important for a individual to have a good relationship with their physician. As a therapist I think therapy works, works well and should be the first course of action taken. And, I think it works at a level that is longer lasting and more validating of the individual than any medication could touch. So I obviously don’t believe medication is “a cure or magic,” but it can certainly help someone to become unstuck and/or make positive changes.