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

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

Challenging Times

 Each new day,  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's strengths rather than over-emphasizing or dwelling too long on past failures.

Offering Services For:



Relationship issues

Empowerment needs

Stress Management

Trauma resolution

Panic/anxiety attacks

Dream interpretation

Life transitions

Bereavement needs

Self-esteem issues

About The Therapist


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.  

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 twenty two  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. 


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

111 Cloister Court, Suite 114 Chapel Hill, NC 27514

(919) 990-1016


Mon-Fri: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Closed Saturday and Sunday