Meet the Team

Mariana Silva, Counseling Intern

Hi, my name is Mariana Silva (she/her/hers), I am a counselor-in-training working towards a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling through Northwestern University. My life experiences as a female immigrant of color in the United States, as a Lesbian in a same-sex marriage, as a mom of two young children, and as a patient dealing with chronic illnesses have helped me grow as a compassionate and empathetic person. The desire to utilize those traits to help others going through their own challenging situations inspired me to choose a career in counseling.

Mariana Silva

About Mariana

In this stage of my clinical training, I am qualified to provide clinical mental health counseling under the supervision of a licensed supervisor. I strive to create a collaborative and nonjudgmental counseling space where clients feel comfortable and encouraged to be(come) themselves. I have a passion for supporting multicultural clients (including, but not limited to, LGBT+, nonbinary, BIPOC, immigrants, women, etc.) in their path to self-discovery, growth, healing, wellness and empowerment. I also have a particular interest in supporting parents in their amazing (and exhausting) journey of raising humans. I am looking forward to helping adult clients struggling with various aspects of the human experience, such as anxiety, depression, identity exploration, life transitions, stress, guilt, shame, perfectionism, and self-esteem issues. As a curious life-long learner, I will continue to pursue training and education and will add more areas of focus to my practice in the future.

I enjoy spending time with my two young children, reading, and traveling when I am able. I was born and raised in Brazil and immigrated to the United States in my 20s. I speak fluent Portuguese and dabble in Spanish.