Marilyn T Oakes
- Cancer Pain
- Low Back Pain
- Neck Pain
- Post-surgical Pain
About Our Practice
If the information below does not answer your questions, then please call me: 404.627.2004. I return all phone calls within 24 hours and most calls the same day.
Patients often see me for some combination of anger, depression or anxiety;most have chronic pain. I treat patients participating in 12-step recovery. I have experience helping clients resolve family, relationship and work problems, and helping people live successfully with chronic illness, theirs or someone else's.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Georgia and a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Illinois. I am nationally board-certified in counseling, rehabilitation counseling, pain management, and hypnotherapy.
My professional training is rehabilitation counseling, a branch of counseling specializing in medically-complex patients, which I have done since 1979. I do pre-surgical consultations and evaluations for chronic opioid therapy, and medication management counseling (chronic opioid, therapy, pain, antidepressant, and/or antianxiety medications) for adolescents and adults.
My orientation is behavioral and cognitive-behavioral. These approaches teach problem-solving in the here-and-now. I believe that as people focus on what they can fix now, they become more capable of finding a sense of peace and contentment in their lives. Sometimes it happens fast, sometimes it takes a bit more time. I practice evidence-based methods, which means there is at least one research study backing any technique I use, and most have many studies. I focus on brief therapies, including hypnotherapy, and common-sense solutions to give relief as quickly as possible. My spiritual philosophies are mainstream Judaeo-Christian.
While it is true that personal growth itself can be uncomfortable, and sometimes things feel worse before they feel better, I work with each person to reduce unnecessary pain. To reach peak life satisfaction may require time and effort, but the rewards for doing so are tremendous. One has the pain of staying stuck or the discomfort of personal growth. Personal growth is better.
Some clients need only a few sessions to achieve their goals, while others may require months or even years of therapy. As a client, you are in complete control, and you may end your relationship at any point.
My office environment is warm, cozy and comfortable. Sometimes personal growth is uncomfortable, so I want the physical surroundings as pleasant as possible.
Personally, I am happily married to my original husband since March 1988. I was a music major in undergraduate school and occasionally play the organ. I bleed Kentucky blue.