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Marlynn A. Riker, MSW,LCSW

About Marlynn

Marlynn A. Riker is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (L.C.S.W. #289) with a wealth of experience and expertise in the field of social work. She is dedicated to helping individuals overcome life's challenges and navigate their unique journeys towards well-being.

With over two decades of experience in the field, Marlynn has made a significant impact on the lives of diverse populations. Her professional journey began in 1995, and since then, she has worked across various sectors, including schools, private practices, and the public sector. Her comprehensive experience spans outpatient and inpatient settings, crisis intervention, and individual and couples counseling. She also specializes in providing support to children.

Marlynn's compassionate approach extends to a wide range of specialties, including:

  • Mood Disorders
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • Addiction Issues
  • Chronic Health Concerns
  • Trauma and Life Transitions

As a committed practitioner, Marlynn is a certified E.M.D.R. (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) provider. She has also invested over 100 hours in specialized training in Play Therapy, a highly effective therapeutic approach for children.

Marlynn's treatment philosophy revolves around empowerment and holistic well-being. She believes that everyone possesses unique strengths and abilities that, when harnessed, can lead to balanced and fulfilling lives. In her counseling sessions, Marlynn collaborates with her clients to explore healthy approaches to life's challenges. Her approach includes life skills development, discussions about feelings and concerns, and experimentation with alternative modes of thinking, feeling, and acting.

Acknowledging the interconnectedness of mind, body, and spirit, Marlynn employs a holistic approach to counseling. She takes into account the biological, psychological, social, and spiritual dimensions of each client, fostering a comprehensive understanding of their needs.

Marlynn's practice is grounded in the principles of equality and cooperation. She works closely with her clients to identify their specific counseling goals and provides guidance to help them achieve these objectives. The client's active participation is essential for creating meaningful change and personal growth.

Marlynn draws from a diverse range of therapeutic modalities, including:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Other evidence-based therapies

Marlynn A. Riker is committed to fostering positive change, self-awareness, self-esteem, self-confidence, and hope in her clients' lives. Her holistic and client-centered approach to counseling empowers individuals to take an active and responsible role in their journey to well-being.

Education
  • College
  • Master's of Social Work Highlands University
    Las Vegas, NM
    1995