Maura Flaherty, MS, LMFT, NCC
Post Master’s Trainings: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Permanency and Adoption Competency (PACC)
Master’s Degree: Mankato State University, Mankato
Bachelor’s Degree: College of Saint Benedict/St. John’s University
Licensure: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Certificate: National Certified Counselor
Maura is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and National Certified Counselor. She graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato with a Master of Science Degree in Mental Health Counseling in July 2015. She worked at Journeys Toward Healing Counseling Center in Mankato prior to her position at PrairieCare. At Journeys, she worked with individuals, families, case management, Children’s Therapeutic Services and Supports and schools to provide a collaborative team approach to the clients she served. She helped individuals and families with complex trauma, strained relationships, attachment injuries, marital conflict, custody issues and daily stress management. Maura primarily practiced experiential play therapy, imaginative play therapy, sand techniques and narrative therapy when working with the younger population and utilized EMDR, client centered therapy and solution focused techniques with teens and adults.
Maura’s theoretical orientation is client-based approach with an experiential lens. She has completed her training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), a psychotherapy treatment used to reduce distress connected to psychological symptoms and trauma. She also completed the Permanency and Adoption Competency Certificate in June 2017 to better serve families through the adoption process and the loss that surrounds adoption changes and transitions. Maura understands that some of the unknowns that are present through the adoption process may lead to emotional and behavioral concerns down the road, and works to help clients navigate arising or persistent issues. During her time at Journeys, she became more skilled in symbolic messages of play therapy, sand techniques and the use of figures in helping children communicate, who are not going to be successful in processing mental health concerns through traditional talk therapy. She hopes to receive more specialized training in Somatic Experiencing (SE) and Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) to provide competent and evidence based treatment to her clients of all ages.
When she is not doing therapy, Maura enjoys refurbishing furniture, playing with her dogs, traveling and relaxing with family and friends. Her goal is to travel out of state at least two times a year and hopes to go back to countries in Europe as Italy and Ireland are two of her favorite destinations.
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