Marie Adams, Ph.D.

Staff Therapist & Assessment Coordinator

Graduate Program: 

2021 – University of Iowa, Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology  

Clinical & Counseling Interests: 

I view counseling as a collaborative process where your life experiences and difficulties can be explored and discussed within a warm, supportive, and trusting space. My clinical practice primarily incorporates brief psychodynamic and interpersonal techniques with multicultural frameworks that help to empower clients, foster collaborative therapy relationships, and work towards specific therapeutic goals. Within this space, your identities and voice are valued and respected and our focus will include promoting holistic well-being and resilience. My clinical interests include adjustment concerns, anxiety, depression, working with survivors of violence and gender-based trauma, interpersonal/relational stress, suicide prevention, and multicultural identity exploration.    

Multicultural Interests: 

I work from a multicultural framework that includes a strong emphasis on cultural humility and which challenges me to actively engage in ongoing self-reflection on the impact and power of my privileges and biases. By utilizing a multicultural framework, I also pay close attention to the intersectionality of client’s identities, and I recognize how those identities may be impacted by systemic barriers and oppressive forces on and off the University of Iowa campus. I strive to be a culture-centered psychologist, meaning that I view part of my role to be an agent for prosocial change, social justice, empowerment, and advocacy for and with diverse communities. I have experience and interest in working with first generation college students, LGBTQIA+ identities, international students, and with rural mental health concerns.    

Scholarly & Outreach Interests:

My scholarly work has been largely focused on improving access to mental health services for diverse and oppressed communities, utilizing group therapy as a treatment modality, improving supervision and training of future psychologists, and on various ethical issues within the field of psychology. I have experience facilitating outreach that is focused on managing major life or academic transitions, preventing burnout, self-care, violence prevention, gratitude, stress management, chronic health issues awareness, and managing homesickness. I also currently serve as a UCS representative for the Anti-Violence Coalition within the Division of Student Life at the University of Iowa.

Professional Affiliations: 

I am a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), with affiliate memberships in APA Division 17 (Counseling Psychology) and APA Division 49 (Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy).