Maria Clemente, LAC
Licensed Associate Counselor
732-337-9786 Extension: 829
Maria has had a passion for understanding the human experience for as long as she can remember. She was a pre-medical student during her undergraduate years at Towson University, hoping that the medical field would be able to fulfill her desire to help and understand others. It wasn’t until several years later when she realized she wanted to take a more holistic and relationship-driven approach to helping people.
Maria is a graduate from Monmouth University where she earned her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She is licensed to work clinically as a Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC). Along her educational and clinical path, she developed a particular interest in the life experiences of adolescents and young adults. As a result, she pursued the Student Assistance Counselor (SAC) certificate, which allows her to work as a counselor with teens in an educational environment. In addition, Maria earned a specialization in Addiction Studies and is working towards earning her license as a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC). Maria’s desire to be able to treat the whole person led her to taking courses in mindfulness-based interventions so she could better utilize techniques, such as breath-work and meditation, with her clients. Experiencing and working with these various treatment perspectives allows Maria to be able to help her clients in multiple capacities.
One of Maria’s favorite theorists, Alfred Adler, once said that, “the chief danger in life is that you may take too many precautions.” Maria lives with the notion that intrapersonal growth cannot be achieved without feeling discomfort and taking risks. Getting through the uncertainty to a point of stability takes courage. Many factors converge in the development of courage, which is why she puts high emphasis on a holistic model. Healing the whole person, rather than just parts, can help in the longevity of treatment. Maria hopes to help her clients achieve growth and mental wellness by developing and utilizing their own courage and strength.