Marilyn McNamara


111 Cloister Court
Suite 100
Chapel Hill, N.C. 27514

Phone: 919-990-1016


"In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity."
Albert Einstein


Marilyn McNamara
M.A., M.S.W., L.C.S.W.







Mind ~ Body ~ Spirit

Solution Focused
Psychotherapy







Marilyn McNamara holds a Master's Degree in Religious Studies from Fordham University and a Master's Degree in Social Work with a Mental Health concentration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
She is certified as a Clinical Social Worker in the state of North Carolina and has completed the required course work for certification in Substance Abuse Counseling.
Offering services for:
- Relationship issues
- Parenting challenges
- Trauma resolution
- Dream interpretation
- Elderly considerations
- Panic/anxiety attacks
- Self-esteem issues
- Empowerment needs
- Addiction challenges
- Bereavement needs
- Stress Management
- Depression
- Post-partum concerns
- Life transitions


updated 09/02/2010
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Challenging Times

As we enter the new millennium we find ourselves involved in a shifting world of technological innovation and cultural uncertainly. In the midst of such change, people often experience the pace and direction of their lives as bewildering and deeply unsettling. Just as the anti-hero has come to dominate much of contemporary fiction, pessimism, cynicism and depression have become more common in individual lives.

Yet, deep down, people yearn to live significant lives. People are becoming tired of their own pessimism and want to move beyond feeling like victims. People are eager to explore ways in which to increase their experiences of well being in the the midst of life's many challenges.

Marilyn uses a framework for growth and personal change which invites people to break free from old traumas, destructive addictions, too much stress or burdensome feelings of fear, panic, anxiety or depression, any of which keep people from experiencing well being in life.

Working within a solution focused psychotherapy model it is possible for individuals or couples to discover their own creativity and best coping abilities. This approach focuses on what people are capable of becoming!

We spend a great deal of time exploring a person' strengths rather than over-emphasizing or dwelling too long on past failures.

Ms. McNamara has worked with individuals and groups in a variety of settings including the Department of Natural Resources at Cornell University, The Duke School for Children, Durham County Community Mental Health and the Chapel Hill Women's Center. She has worked in maternal health at the Piedmont Health Center and in various settings with the elderly, including Hillcrest Convalescent Center.

Ms. McNamara has served on the Board of the C.G. Jung Society of the Triangle for many years. She was editor of the newsletter for ten years, writing extensively on a wide variety of wellness related topics. She also was honored to serve as the President of the Society for four years.