Licensee Close-up: Randy Marles Orabone

Randy Marles Orabone, LMHC, BHPCC  lives in Massachusetts where she has been providing therapy for over 15 years. Previously an opera singer and ballet dancer, she still enjoys classical music, and especially loves the cello. Mindfulness and daily meditation have become an important part of her life, allowing her to appreciate the present moment. When she’s not working, she enjoys being with her son, listening to jazz or pop music, warm hugs, laughing, and dancing.

Q&A with Randy Marles Orabone, LMHC, BHPCC

What brought you to this work?

Life is woven with stories that shape our paths. Mine finds its roots in the profound journey of navigating grief alongside my husband’s battle with a neurological, progressive degenerative illness. Amidst the uncertainties and challenges, I found solace in understanding the factors that could have influenced his health. This exploration led me to discover intriguing connections between emotional regulation and well-being.

Delving deep into literature and embracing fresh perspectives, I stumbled upon the transformative book, The Language of Emotions by Karla McLaren, M.Ed. It was a profound revelation, offering me clarity and insight into my roles as a mother, wife, and professional. This revelation prompted me to explore McLaren’s work further. Enrolling in the intensive Dynamic Emotional Integration® licensing program that started in August 2022 and finished in October 2023 became the natural next step in my quest for self-discovery and professional growth.

How has DEI most impacted your own life?

This journey has been one of profound self-reflection and learning, encouraging me to embrace my emotions and consciously channel them to support not only my own personal growth but also to guide others on their unique journeys. It’s a story of finding inspiration in the face of adversity and using it to evolve, both personally and professionally.

Have you shared this work with your son?

We speak about emotions daily in a ritual. Before he reads at bedtime, we answer four questions after we say the guardian angel prayer: What are we grateful for today? What emotions did we feel during the day? What did we love about ourselves today? Who did we help today? He is very aware of my work in Dynamic Emotional Integration® (also known as DEI), and I even share his stories in the workshops (with his approval!).

Being a mother has been significant teaching and a mirror of what my flaws are, as well as an excellent opportunity to evolve and transform myself slowly but gradually, with the awareness that my son is another human being who needs the freedom to follow what is right for him, not for me.

What other work do you do, and do you combine Dynamic Emotional Integration® with that work?

After 15 years of clinical practice, I’ve discovered the profound impact of the DEI approach on mental health counseling. Embracing this approach has not only strengthened my ability to empathize with myself but has also helped me navigate the complex landscape of emotional regulation. It’s been instrumental in enhancing my personal relationships, enabling me to foster deeper connections with my loved ones.

DEI significantly enriches my clinical work, providing valuable tools for supporting clients in their journey of self-awareness and transformation. By adopting an interdisciplinary perspective that doesn’t label emotions as positive or negative but rather as informative messages, I’ve observed a more culturally sensitive and contextual approach to working with diverse clients.

In reflection, my conventional therapeutic training often overlooked the role of emotions in our psyche, focusing more on identifying what’s wrong rather than understanding the significance and impact of emotions in our lives. The DEI approach has broadened my therapeutic scope, encouraging me to integrate emotions into the healing process and ultimately providing a more holistic and culturally attuned framework for my clients. It is my clear intention to support other clinicians to do the same as well as to continue supporting parents.

What type of clients do you plan to work with?

Parents or caregivers and mental health providers.

What projects are you working on now?

I recently started to create a workshop on increasing emotional awareness for mental health professionals.

Where do you see yourself in regard to this work in the future?

I am inspired to write my own story and continue sharing the wisdom that Karla Mc McLaren has created to make a better world for all of us.

Any last thoughts? 

There is nothing more powerful than allowing ourselves to learn about our internal emotional processing as the key to profound and personal transformation.

Thanks, Randy!

 

Randy Marles Orabone

Randy Marles Orabone is a bilingual licensed Dynamic Emotional Integration® Trainer in Massachusetts who fluidly integrates 15 years of therapeutic expertise into her Behavioral Health Consultant role. Driven by a deep interest in understanding emotional regulation, Randy navigates her professional and personal journey with a focus on supporting emotional regulation and well-being. DEI serves as the cornerstone of her approach, offering a foundation to aid others in enhancing their emotional awareness. Committed to empowering parents, Randy facilitates their emotional growth and guides them in supporting their children on the same path. View Randy’s profile: Randy Marles Orabone

 

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