Marlys Woods, LMFT - California Therapist at Grow Therapy

Marlys Woods

Marlys Woods


8 years of experience

I am a board-certified Music Therapist and licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has spent the last 12 years specializing in helping clients overcome addiction, eating disorders, anxiety, and/or depression. “Feel it... Face it... Freedom!” is my motto and the basis of the work I do with clients. I believe that living a fulfilling, enjoyable life is a birthright. I believe everyone deserves to explore their dreams, and the work we do addresses anything that is holding you back from creating and living a life you love.

What can clients expect to take away from sessions with you?

I believe therapy works best when you feel engaged and connected. After we briefly explore what brought you to therapy, we will discuss what your goals are and how to use your most comfortable form of expression to help you to work toward those goals. Creative expression is a fast-track to emotional connection! Through creative expression and talk therapy, we will find ways to identify and express your emotions, explore your thoughts, and help you to feel empowered and confident communicating your needs. When you are able to do this, you can experience a sense a new-found freedom to explore yourself, your surroundings, your relationships, and your dreams!

Explain to clients what areas you feel are your biggest strengths.

As a music therapist who has specialized in working with those who suffer from addiction, eating disorders, anxiety, or depression for the last 11 years, I utilize interactive, creative experiences to help you find the best way to your better self. The element of creativity not only fast tracks your access to healing, it makes therapy more relatable, and even fun! I think outside the box and customize our work to you and your favorite forms of expression. This makes working through tough emotions something that is less scary and sometimes even enjoyable or intriguing to do.

About Marlys Woods

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My treatment methods

Experiential Therapy

By using a combination of experientials and talk therapy, you can discover ways to feel it... face it... and find freedom! You can learn to use your favorite forms of connection and creativity to identify, express, and communicate our feelings. This might include playing or listening to music, songwriting, art, writing, or other creative forms. When you create an experience in your therapy work, you have a better chance of internalizing the tools and coping skills you learn - things that will serve you for the rest of your life!