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Welcome To Your Own Way


About Mara wolfsen, LCSW

As long as I can remember, I have always enjoyed working with others and have been excited by each and everyone’s individual journey.  I understand there is no one way to be successful and I believe in looking outside the box.  This is how Your Own Way was created - because I believe in everyone’s path to creating their “own way” in this world.

As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), I specialize in depression, anxiety, trauma, addiction/recovery issues and postpartum depression/maternal mental health.

I have a holistic approach in working with each individual and cater to each individual’s needs. You should feel special, safe, and comfortable in processing your specific journey.  I understand that one of the most important aspects of your journey is that you are being heard!

My “own way” began long before graduate school.  I had the opportunity to interview a recovering gang member who was helping young people to “jump out” of the gang culture.  I was so inspired by their journeys and what led them to make decisions most would define as deviant.  It was at this point I realized that I was meant to create a space for others to be heard and understood, without judgement.  Isn’t that what we are all looking for?

After completing my undergraduate studies in Behavioral Sciences, I chose to continue my education with a Master’s Degree in Social Sciences from Bryn Mawr University in Pennsylvania.  I became a LCSW in Pennsylvania where I began my career in Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment.  After 2 years, in 1999, I returned home to California where I have been practicing ever since.

I am committed to working with individuals who are ready to make a positive change in their lives and attempting to do it their “own way”.

Nothing is more powerful than finding Your Own Way.

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