Marina L. Randles is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate (LCMHCA) who is calling Lake Norman home for the second time. After spending her childhood in Cornelius, she attended Samford University, where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies, along with a Minor in Family Studies. It was during her pursuit of those degrees when her heart turned towards counseling. This led her to Liberty University where she ultimately obtained a Masters in Professional Counseling.
As a counselor, she views her clients’ experiences, concerns, and stresses from a holistic perspective, comprising of emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual components. Marina believes it is of utmost importance to create a welcoming, warm, non-judgmental, empathic atmosphere where clients feel heard, understood, and comfortable processing their emotions as well as their life-stories. Through the power of the therapeutic relationship and counseling process, Marina is passionate about helping others develop self-awareness and learn the appropriate skills needed to achieve their set goals.
Marina has counseled in a range of settings. These extend from a college campus to a residential facility for women with life-controlling behaviors. She has extensive experience in counseling children, adolescents, young adults, pre-marital couples, and women. Her areas of expertise include: Grief/loss, trauma, depression, anxiety, life-transition, and those affected by a life-threatening illness.