Maryellen Dance

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Maryellen received her Bachelor of science degree from Brockport, State University of New York in 2011 in psychology and health science. Maryellen then graduated from Medaille College with her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling in 2014. She later received her New York State License in Mental Health Counseling (LMHC) in 2015. Maryellen was also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) in 2018. Maryellen has worked in OASAS substance abuse counseling facilities, domestic violence facilities, hospitals, and mental health clinics. Maryellen has worked with both children and adults. Maryellen has been a psychology professor at Nazareth College since 2018 and has owned a private therapy practice since 2017. Maryellen started the Okay-ish podcast in 2020 on a mission to translate trendy mental health terms into what they actually mean, helping to educate and make therapy and therapeutic topics more accessible.
  • What is your favorite quote? This is tough because my favorite quote changes based on the season of life that I am in. Currently "If you can dance, and be free, and not can rule the world" - Amy Poehler
  • Are there any moments that stand out as having a significant impact on your career? So many. A few: - The first time that I asked a client to leave a therapy session. I was a drug and alcohol counselor and about 23 years old. A client was making me incredibly uncomfortable
  • Outside of your profession do you have any hobbies/interests? I enjoy golfing! I read a lot. I have nephews and a niece that I spend a lot of time with. I also love being around people, talking with friends and connecting with new people in any way that
  • Who do you look up to as a mentor and why? Oh so many people. Both of my parents for one because they both had careers that they absolutely loved. They were both teachers and I admire that they loved their students and always wanted t
  • Is there anything else we should know about you? I am desperate to change the conversation about mental health. There is work being done, but we have so far to go. I feel like I bring a different outlook on it, because I am not afraid to sa