Marcia Seebachan, MSW, LICSW

marcia@affinitypsych.com

I am excited to have the opportunity to give you a glimpse into my life and work. My name is Marcia (she/her), and I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in both Minnesota and Texas. I feel honored every time a client chooses to show up in therapy, be vulnerable with me, and allow me to be a part of their work to build a life that serves them well. It takes courage to pursue therapy and self-reflection, and to make changes to how you have always done things so that you can move toward the life and relationships you want for yourself. I work with teens and adults individually, and am able to incorporate some family sessions into our work as appropriate.

I am a cisgender, white, heterosexual woman and understand that this provides me with a limited view of many issues if I rely only on my personal experiences. I am committed to doing the emotional and mental labor of learning about the experiences of those who have navigated life with identities different than mine, and understanding how power dynamics within society have impacted your personal story.

How I Work

You are the expert on your life experiences, goals, and needs. It is my job to bring knowledge and skills to the table that will best support you in your efforts toward your goals. This often involves exploring how your past experiences influence the stories your brain is telling you today about yourself and your interactions with the world around you. You bring strengths to the table, and we can engage those strengths together to empower you to move toward your objectives. When I am faced with something I don’t understand, I choose curiosity rather than judgment. My focus in our appointments is to show up for you, hold space for your work, witness your story and progress, and honor your courage and vulnerability.

As you take the time to read therapist profiles, trust yourself about what would be a good fit for you- no therapist’s style is a match for every client, and your feedback and preferences matter in this process. I encourage clients to share information with me which can help me tailor our work to your needs.

What Sets Me Apart As a Therapist?

I have a wide range of life experiences which have landed me where I am today. I see regret as a gift of growth and learning. Humor and laughter are important components for how I navigate the overwhelmingly ludicrous parts of life, because I have learned to hold life’s positive and negative aspects in tension together. At the foundation of my work is human connection, because all harm that is experienced in a relationship needs a relationship to heal and be integrated into who we are today. Only you can appreciate the weight of the positive and negative consequences of the choices in your life, so I will never be a person who makes decisions for you. Instead I help you navigate identifying the choices which will best serve your own values and needs.

I have experiences with traumatic medical experiences both professionally (in hospitals, mental health, and child welfare) and personally (as both a medical patient and caregiver). These give me insight into how to best support others through their similar experiences. This will not mean that I *know* what you are going through, but rather that I can draw from what I have felt or witnessed in similar situations to support and anticipate your needs. Your story is unique to you and I have a great desire to witness that and hold space for your work. We are much more than our most painful experiences, and my desire for you is that yours do not dominate your life and identity.

Issues I Treat:

  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Illness
  • Mental health issues related to medical condition or treatment
  • Caregiver support
  • Life changes/adjustments
  • Body image
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Substance use disorders
  • Grief
  • Issues regarding sexual health and sexuality
  • Interpersonal relationship challenges
  • Parent-Child relationships
  • Issues specific to the adoption triad, foster care, kinship care
  • Divorce/Relationship termination
  • Experiences of abuse (mental, physical, sexual, emotional, financial)
  • Sexual trauma/violence
  • Issues specific to navigating the world with neurodivergence

Populations I Serve:

  • Teens (age 13+)
  • Adults
  • Disabled individuals
  • Caregivers for those with disabilities or medical issues
  • LGBTQ+ individuals
  • People in poly/open/non-monogamous relationships
  • People of all race, ethnic, and national backgrounds
  • People of all spiritual and religious backgrounds
  • Neurodivergent individuals
  • People in helping professions
  • People who have moved from out-of-state and are struggling to adjust

Professional background:

Education

  • University of North Texas, Denton, TX
    Bachelor’s Degree of Social Work 2008
  • Texas A&M University – Commerce, Commerce, TX
    Master’s Degree of Social Work 2010

Trainings

  • EMDR Basic Training
  • Certified Daring Way Facilitator
  • Fundamentals of Natural Lifemanship- Trauma-Focused Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy
  • Currently enrolled in Sex Therapy Certificate program
  • Currently enrolled in Traumatic Stress Studies Certificate program
  • Former Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor
  • Trust-Based Relational Intervention (attachment based, trauma-informed intervention)

Previous Employment

  • Graduate Research Assistant UMN School of Social Work, Minneapolis, MN
  • Children’s Medical Center, Dallas, TX (Social Worker and Therapist)
  • Buckner International, Dallas, TX (Domestic and Intercountry child welfare work)
  • Excel Center, Lewisville, TX (Dual Diagnosis and Adolescent Therapist)
  • UBH and Mayhill Hospitals, Denton, TX (Intake Worker and Supervisor)

Licensure

  • Minnesota Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker #31368
  • Texas Licensed Clinical Social Worker #54831