Marikay White has been a licensed therapist for over 20 years and is licensed in Colorado and Kansas. She has maintained a private psychotherapy practice in Parker, CO since 2003. She is a co-founder and faculty member of FACT (Families Adjusting to Change and Transition, an organization providing parenting education to divorcing couples. Marikay White’s academic history includes a bachelors degree in Medical Technology from Kansas State University and a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Kansas. She has completed an internship addressing severe and persistent mental illness, as well as an internship working with the family impact of substance abuse at the Menninger Foundation in Topeka, KS (currently in Houston, TX). Beginning in 1993, she has worked in medical settings (Hospital, Home Health and Hospice), corporate settings, as well as in group and private practice. Additional areas of experience include certification as an adult trainer and program developer, as well as instructor of Parenting with Love and Logic.
Marikayâ€™s experience includes the treatment of depression, anxiety, emotional adjustment to chronic physical illness, family of origin issues, as well as other parent-child relationship concerns. A special interest is Womenâ€™s issues and the sociological impact of world history as well as specific family history on the self-concept of clients. Marikay believes in utilizing a â€œstrengths perspectiveâ€ approach, emphasizing the clientâ€™s self-identified needs, to treating the â€œwhole personâ€ including the consideration of physical, emotional and spiritual perspectives in co-creating a mutually agreed upon treatment plan.
Marikay entered the field of counseling because she believes in the importance and value of emotional health. Marikay’s view of emotional maturity and therapeutic progress is guided by William C. Menninger, MD (1899-1966), cofounder of The Menninger Clinic:
The Criteria of Emotional Maturity
- The ability to deal constructively with reality.
- The capacity to adapt to change.
- A relative freedom from symptoms that are produced by tensions and anxieties.
- The capacity to find more satisfaction in giving than receiving.
- The capacity to relate to other people in a consistent manner with mutual satisfaction and helpfulness.
- The capacity to love.
Marikay enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, genealogy, reading for pleasure, quilting, and off roading.
Marikay lives in Parker with her husband, Pres, a veterinarian. They have three grown children, two sons and a daughter. Their daughter, Molly, is the clinical director of Legacy Center. Marikay has two grandchildren.
Areas of Specialization
- Parenting & Attachment Disorders
- Pain Management
- Life Coaching
- Grief and Mourning
- Anxiety and Depression
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Solution Focused Therapy
- Stress Management
- Adjustment of Chronic Physical Illness