Schedule with Marie

Dr. Marie Brown, MD, MBA, LMHCA, CSAT-Candidate

Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate
(206) 455-2135   |   marieb@seattlechristiancounseling.com

My love for Christ affects everything I do, including the way I treat my clients. As a follower of Jesus, I offer a deep and genuine care for you and your experiences. With sincerity and empathy, I will seek to understand your situation and concerns beyond surface level so we can work together to help you experience lasting relief. I am trained as an Attachment Focused EMDR Therapist and I am a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT) candidate. Whether you’re dealing with attachment issues, trauma recovery, sex addiction, or some other concern, it would be my privilege to use my training and expertise combined with biblical principles to help you find peace and healing.

Everett – Tue & Thu
Bothell – Fri & Sat

As a Christian counselor, I truly believe that by bringing the good news of Jesus’ gospel to those who are poor in spirit, brokenhearted, and held captive by substance abuse and various other addictions, I can help my clients learn to live, move, and truly be free. If you feel trapped by your circumstances, I invite you to take the first step toward freedom and recovery by pursuing faith-based counseling.

My Goal as a Christian Counselor

My goal is to carry your hope until you are able to carry it for yourself. I will teach you how to implement real and lasting change in your life. Together we will work to hold fast to the faith and find the strength you need to overcome your current situation and past trauma. Overall, my hope is that the counseling relationship will be a helpful, rewarding, and healing experience.

What I Offer in Christian Counseling

I believe in treating the whole person—mind, body, and soul. I approach every client and session with genuine care, compassion, and empathy. All that is required of you is honesty, trust, and an open mind ready to do the work needed to heal. I will strive to empower you with the tools needed to move toward positive change.

I also hold fast to the importance of treating everyone with the respect and dignity that they deserve and that everyone, regardless of their past or current situation, deserves the opportunity to live the life that God intended for us to live – not necessarily an easy life, but a life full of love, hope, and potential.

My Approach to Christian Counseling

I use a person-centered approach in my practice. When grounded in faith, this approach will enable you to reach your greatest level of independence and societal (re)integration, as opposed to merely temporarily “solving” your current problems. In other words, our work together will result in lasting positive change, not just momentary relief.

My goal is to get you to a point where you sincerely believe in the love that the Lord has for you, and to help you use that knowledge combined with proven therapeutic techniques to live the life you desire in Him.

Qualifications & Experience

I hold an MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of the Cumberlands, a medical degree from Xavier University School of Medicine, and an MBA in Healthcare Management from American Intercontinental University. I am also an Attachment Focused – EMDR Therapist and a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT) candidate. In addition, I have a certificate in Dialectical Behavior Therapy.

Before pursuing a career as a Christian counselor, I worked as a medical doctor specializing in women’s health. From 2015 to 2017, I worked as the Installation Substance Abuse and Suicide Preventionist, Prime for Life Substance Abuse Prevention Instructor (for individuals struggling with alcohol abuse), and the Employee Assistance Program Counselor (for our civilian population).

My Call to Christian Counseling

My life verse has always been Isaiah 61:1-2: “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn . . . .”

For years, the Lord has been calling me to serve as His instrument of hope and comfort. I finally decided to heed His calling and direction in 2016 and purposed a degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I’ve never been happier or felt more fulfilled my whole life.

More About Me/On a Personal Note

I am originally from Haiti, but I was raised in Brooklyn, New York. In 1995, I joined the U.S. Army on my 17th birthday. I had the honor of serving on active duty as part of the Army Signal Corp from 1996 to 2003. I was part of one of the first units deployed after 9/11.

I am married and we have two boys (16 &10). My husband and I met while we were stationed in South Korea back in 1999. He recently retired from the U.S. Army after 26 years of active duty service.

While stationed in Italy, I had the privilege of working as the Installation Suicide Preventionist, Prime for Life Substance Abuse Prevention Instructor, and the EAP Counselor for soldiers, civilians, and their family members.

During my “free” time, I enjoy working out, reading, knitting, crocheting, and playing video games with my boys.

Areas of Expertise/Specialties

  • Abandonment and Neglect (Attachment Wounds)
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Chemical Dependency
  • Christian Couples Counseling
  • Coaching
  • Codependency
  • Counseling for Children
  • Counseling for Teens
  • Depression
  • Family Counseling
  • Grief Counseling
  • Group Counseling (Addiction Recovery, Partners of Those in Recovery, Seeking Safety)
  • Individual Counseling
  • Infidelity and Affairs
  • Marriage Counseling
  • Personal Development
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Premarital Counseling
  • Relationship Issues
  • Sexual Abuse (and Sexual Trauma & Exploitation)
  • Sex and Porn Addiction (and Sex & Love Addiction)
  • Spiritual Development
  • Trauma
  • Women’s Issues

Abandonment and Neglect (Attachment Wounds)

Deficits within the attachments one forms with a parental or guidance figure, particularly during childhood, can result from instances of absence, abuse, trauma, and losses. Severe stressors experienced during this critical time of growth can create psychological wounds that may be less responsive to traditional therapeutic approaches. As an Attachment-Focused Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing therapist, I want to help you process through the pain and heal the wounds left behind by difficult or traumatic upbringings. AF-EMDR is designed to heal relational trauma and in turn improves mental health and intimacy skills.

Depression

Depression is one the most prevalent but most misunderstood conditions in our world today. As a long-time sufferer and survivor of major depression, I want to help you learn, as I did, how to turn all of that pain, fear, shame, and guilt over to God. In Psalm 61:2, King David cries out to God to lift him to a high place because he is afraid and sinking deep into his fear. In this same way we too can cry out to God to lift us out of our depressive states and move us to a place of safety and wholeness.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

James 1:2-4 tells us to consider it all joy when our faith is tested by various trials and traumatic experiences because it produces perseverance. In the end we will come out spiritually perfect and whole, having everything that we need to sustain. As a veteran of the U.S. Army and the spouse of an active duty soldier, I have firsthand experience into the detrimental effects that Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder can have on the individual and their family members. Through prayer and spiritual guidance, I have learned to see God’s hand in the midst of my past hardships and how He continues to use it to fulfill His purposes.

Grief Counseling

Grief is the internal struggle we feel in response to the loss of a loved one, a marriage, a job, or even a standard of living. As a veteran, I too have experienced pain from various forms of loss. It’s natural and okay to feel conflicted in our faith during challenging times. However, as Christians, God wants us to come to Him during these seasons of change and sadness for the clarity and strength we need to move forward in our grief and to see His purpose in all of it. Through prayer and mindfulness of living in the present moment, we can navigate these difficult times together.

Counseling for Children

As the mother a pre-teen and teenage boys, I have learned to appreciate with a whole new perspective the physical, social, and spiritual challenges our children face. Between peer-pressure and the lures of social media, our children are forced to make tough decisions every day. Despite how open and honest we are with them, it is often difficult for our young ones to feel free to share some of their thoughts and feelings with us. I want to offer our children a safe place where they can ask their hard questions and share their awkward feelings while learning to find and appreciate their purpose in God’s plan.

Women’s Issues

As a woman, I have held many roles, as my father’s daughter, my husband’s wife, and my sons’ mom, just to name a few. And while I take great pride in my many titles, I struggled for years to find my true identity. I took me years to understand that above all, God also wants us to know who we are in Him and who He designed us to be. Together, I want to help you discover what that looks like for you. In addition to discovering our spiritual identity, as a medical doctor and a therapist my goal is to leverage everything I have come to understand about our mental and emotional health towards improving your overall wellbeing.

Sessions: I offer 53-minute sessions. Sessions can be held more than once per week, weekly, or every other week. Scheduling options are discussed in greater detail during your Risk-Free Initial Session.

Availability (by office location):

  • Everett – Tuesday & Thursday
  • Bothell – Friday & Saturday

Fees: I offer a Risk-Free Initial Session for Individuals and Adolescents looking to pursue counseling with me. Please note that there is a fee for the Risk-Free Initial Session as it is a clinical hour and reimbursable to most insurance companies, but if you choose not to reschedule and continue therapy after the initial session the entire fee for the session will be waived. For ongoing treatment the full fee per session is required at the time of service. For more information regarding standard session fees, please please contact me directly at (206) 455-2135 or marieb@seattlechristiancounseling.com

Insurance: As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate (LMHCA) a majority of insurance companies will reimburse for a portion of my services (as an Out of Network Provider). Please consult with your insurance provider as to whether they specifically cover individuals and adolescents.

Receipts/Statements: In the event you require a printed or digital receipt, I will provide receipts for personal use, insurance reimbursement, Flex Spending Accounts (FSA), and Health Savings Accounts (HSA).

Payment options: Cash, Check, or Credit Card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, & American Express). A fee of up to 3.7% plus $0.15 per transaction will be added for credit card payments.

Focus Areas

  • Abandonment and Neglect

  • Anger Management

  • Anxiety

  • Chemical Dependency

  • Christian Couples Counseling

  • Coaching

  • Codependency

  • Counseling for Children

  • Counseling for Teens

  • Depression

  • Family Counseling

  • Grief Counseling

  • Group Counseling

  • Individual Counseling

  • Infidelity and Affairs

  • Marriage Counseling

  • Personal Development

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

  • Premarital Counseling

  • Relationship Issues

  • Sexual Abuse

  • Sex And Porn Addiction

  • Spiritual Development

  • Trauma

  • Women’s Issues