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Couples, Family, and Adolescent Counseling

EST. 2011

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Welcome! I am so glad you are here. I would like to share a little bit about myself and why I do this work. My name is Mariah Vlach and I am a Marriage and Family Therapist. 

As the granddaughter of Eastern European grandparents who fled their homelands due to the wars of WWI and WWII, I recognized there were unspoken patterns of trauma in my own family, passed down through the generations. Through my ancestors' challenging life events, the structure of my family system was shaped.

This insight led me onto a 15-year long journey of study focusing on the impact of generational trauma upon the nervous system of the family unit and its individual family members.

My mission has been learning how to bring light to these unspoken stories held within the body/mind/spirit connection, to mend the wounds of the past that affect those living in the present.

Therefore, I specialize in family systems theory, focusing on the conscious and unconscious webs that connect and influence the patterns that shape and affect a family unit.

My passion for working with adolescents and their families took root during the years I spent working in wilderness therapy where I guided adolescents and their families to strengthen the family web through education, reflection, cathartic and creative self-expression, inquiry, and practice.

I believe the natural environment of Central Oregon lends a deeply supportive energy that amplifies one’s innate strengths while also bolstering the therapeutic process.

I advocate that it is through this environment and long-term therapeutic process that true healing and change are within reach.

It can be challenging to see the forest through the trees when identifying and addressing needed changes in one’s family system.

I hold great respect for families willing to seek outside support to address these issues.

I am honored to work with your family as you take the necessary steps to begin mending your own family web.

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- A.R., San Diego

Mariah is a true alchemist—she has a natural gift of holding space for powerful transformation to occur. Through her soulful inquiry, intuitive hypnosis, and body-centered practices, doorways continue to open for me to access ever-deeper dimensions of my psyche. Working with Mariah has truly been one of the most supportive tools in my spiritual unfolding.

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- E.L., Washington

My most recent session with Mariah was nothing short of miraculous. Prior to our session, I felt closed off and shut-down. I was also struggling with communication between my head and my heart. Mariah patiently led me through a deep hypnosis meditation to get to the root of the shut-down. I felt a big shift during the session and started to get the answers I had been seeking for a long time. In the days following our session, I finally found closure from a previous relationship that ended abruptly. I felt a massive shift in my heart space and a general softening of the “guard” I had been holding to keep my heart safe. Thank you Mariah for your beautiful work.

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- B.C., California

Mariah is a true spiritual healer. I have spent my entire adult life looking for someone with her knowledge and gifts. With her diverse training background and range of modalities, I left every session thinking and feeling about myself and the world around me differently, more clearly.
I am a completely different person than I was a year ago when I met Mariah.  I am more confident.  My depression and anxiety, while they still come around, do not stay for long.  I understand myself better. I have a whole new inner dialog, and I am excited about the future and what is to come


- T.S., California

I don't even know where to begin.  I started seeing Mariah when I had reached the lowest  and darkest point I've been in my life.  The first time we spoke on the phone to set up an appointment, I felt an immediate sense of relief and hope just at the sound of her voice.  When we first met, that feeling was confirmed. Mariah is very welcoming, calm, reassuring and non-judgmental, and I found myself telling her things in that first meeting that I had never told anyone, as well as some things I hadn't even acknowledged to myself.  Over the months of working with Mariah, I've had what I refer to as two moments of enlightenment and, for the first time in my life, not only know who I am, but accept who I am and love that person.  Mariah provides a safe space for me to put down my guard and face my personal "demons," while gently challenging me to dig deeper as a means to allow me to discover my truth.  She has also given me a number of tools to use in my continued exploration and growth and, when I'm feeling a pull to the "old" me, she's in my head, pushing and supporting me until our next session.  I had been with another therapist for a couple of years and never even scratched the surface of what I have done in my short time with Mariah. To me, she is just simply magic and I am truly thankful I took the first step and found her.

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- M.D., Washington

Mariah is gentle, wise and held sacred space for me to scoop up the forgotten, broken pieces of myself and helped me compassionately put them back together. I worked with Mariah for six weeks and it was some of the most impactful self-work I've done. 
I gained valuable insight into my processes, habits, learned to incorporate my child self on a deeper level, and healed my relationship with my mother. The resentment was buried deep in a memory from my teens that had been sleeping silently without my notice all these years.
I had the opportunity to integrate the homework and exercises she gave me which built on our sessions. Mariah is a powerful healer and gift to our generation. Everyone experiences grief, anger, pain, and anxiety but hardly any of us have the tools to heal these emotions fully. I highly recommend working with Mariah to integrate these hurt pieces of ourselves to live a life more at peace.

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