Marley Toben, LCSWA


My Approach

I apply a holistic and integrative approach to treatment, meaning that I use many paradigms and techniques, such as cognitive behavioral, acceptance and commitment therapy, interpersonal processes, attachment, and family systems perspectives to address the unique needs of my clients. I specialize in working with adults who have experienced trauma, anxiety, obstacles to intimacy and attachment, problematic risk-taking, interpersonal issues, low self-esteem, and challenges regarding sexuality and gender identity. I believe that each person is innately equipped with the internal resources necessary to move through life’s challenges, and that therapy is about identifying, fortifying, and utilizing those resources so that the client is successful long after therapy ends. To do this, I attend not only to the content being explored, but the context within which we explore it, creating a safe, nonjudgmental environment where you will feel accepted and respected. I believe that a comfortable, compassionate, and collaborative relationship between therapist and client is one of the most powerful agents of change.

  • Treatment Specialties

  • Services Provided

  • Education

    Bachelor of Arts, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    Master of Social Work, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • Experience

    During my graduate career, I was fortunate enough to work with a wide range of people and presenting concerns. I provided counseling services and vocational support to chronically unemployed individuals with severe and persistent mental illness during my first year of training. In my final year of training, I provided individual therapy through the UNC Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, where I treated individuals with anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, panic disorder, grief, low self-image, and relationship distress. Prior to this, I dedicated 4 years to working as care provider for children and adults with intellectual and developmental differences, attachment disorders, and/or trauma-related disorders in group and individual settings in the triangle area as well as in Seattle, Washington. I have a background in expressive arts therapies and believe that creative pursuits can compel movement when we feel stuck, dissociated, or uninspired. While art therapy is no longer my area of focus, I draw from the idea of approaching therapy creatively in order to help my clients loosen the grip of unhelpful thoughts and behaviors.

  • Insurances

    Blue Cross Blue Shield (excluding Blue Home with UNC Health Alliance and HMO plans)

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