About Me​

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Marilyn Burns, M.S., L.P.C.C.

Mental Health Therapist

I am a mental health therapist in a private practice in Boardman, Ohio. I have been fortunate enough to have 43 successful years delivering hope and a path to healing for thousands of individuals, families and groups during my years of service to my community. I serve on the Mahoning County Mental Health and Recovery Board and served as a chapter leader for Compassionate Friends a worldwide organization to offer hope and support for families going through the loss of a child. I also founded and directed the Treat Yourself Center for Holistic Health for 16 years.

I believe that things happen for a reason in life and I believe that life is balanced. The difficult times in my life and career have prepared me for what was next in my life cycle. As I served as a clinical director of an outpatient chemical dependency agency in the 80’s, little did I know that I would be preparing myself for my own personal experience with a family addiction.
I am dedicated to helping others. I had two sons in life…one was called home and my surviving son, Jason has 9 months in recovery from opiate addiction. I know that I was called to help others for the level of emotional pain and suffering that I have experienced in the last twenty years of my life. I’ve grown to understand the journey to the bottom of my heart and I also understand the healing joy and meaning that a strong spiritual belief system can have on your life.
I am dedicated to helping others. I had two sons in life…one was called home and my surviving son, Jason is recovering from opiate addiction and successfully self employed. He has a juris doctorate from Golden Gate School of Law in San Francisco California. I know that I was led to help others for the level of emotional pain and suffering that I experienced in the last twenty years of my life. I’ve grown to understand the journey to the bottom of my heart and I also understand the healing joy and meaning that a strong spiritual belief system can have on your life.
I was afraid of letting my son go by signing to take him off life support….walking into that dark place, not knowing how I would climb out, was a leap of faith. That deep belief in knowing I will be alright in life is what I rely on today. What I learned is that fear is an absence of faith….what I also learned is that if we let go of our fear, it is only then that we will understand how to live life rather than survive it. My Christian beliefs have taught me that God has given us free will…I have decided in my darkest moments to trust and let go and when I surfaced from my trip to the bottom of my heart…I found a new me…a much stronger me.

I have done many lectures

I have done many lectures and book signings since my book was published in 2010.
I have done many lectures and book signings since my book was published in 2010. A children’s manuscript that I wrote, “Now I Lay Him Down to Rest” has been published through Warren Publishing. This children’s book is helpful for children to cope with the death of a parent or someone they love.
I have lectured locally, nationally and internationally. Topics to consider for a lecture include stress, spiritualtiy, finding a way to a peaceful life, depression, sexuality, grief and hope for people who have lost a child. I have recently lectured to churches on “faith is a good choice for a peaceful life” and treatment programs about addiction/loss. I look forward to tailoring a lecture to the needs of your program or specific groups.