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Michael A. Mariska

Assistant Professor of CounselingFaculty Advisor – Chi Sigma Iota

B.A., University of ConnecticutM.S., Southern Connecticut State UniversityPh.D., Idaho State University


Originally from Connecticut, Dr. Mariska has recently returned to the east coast after finishing his PhD in Counselor Education and Counseling at Idaho State University. He joined the LIU Department of Counseling and Development in 2011.

Prior to becoming a counselor, he worked within the nonprofit field as an environmental canvass director for the Fund for Public Interest Research and a program director for Americorps. Since gaining his master's degree in counseling, he has worked as a career counselor for Colby College, and as a mental health counselor in both university and community settings.

Dr. Mariska is the faculty advisor for Chi Sigma Iota, the international counseling honor society.  He also serves on the board of the North Atlantic Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, and serves as a CACREP accreditation site visit team member. He is currently conducting research into nonverbal communication in counseling, counselor education curriculum, and counseling student development.


Mental Health Counseling, Anxiety Disorders, College Students and Young Adults, Couples Counseling, Mindfulness, Strength-Based Counseling, Nonverbal Communication.


Author – “The Perception of Confrontation by Beginning Counselors” Published in The Connecticut Counselor

Lectures and Presentations

Presenter, "Using Strength-Based Assessment in Experiential Learning Assignments," presenting at 2012 North Atlantic Region Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference

Presenter, "Nonverbal Communication Strategies for Building the Therapeutic Relationship," presented at 2011 LIU Mental Health Counseling Symposium

Presenter, "The Client Role in a Pre-Practicum Counseling Skills Course,"  presented at 2011 American Counseling Association Conference and 2011 Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference

Co-Presenter "Starting from Strength: Adding a Strength-Based Approach to Counseling Practice," presented at 2011 Idaho Counseling Association Conference

Co-Presenter, "Exploring Counselor Educator's Perceptions of Critical Factors in Counselor Suitability: A Q-Sort of Counselor Educators," presented at 2010 Rocky Mountain Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference

Professional Affiliations

Member, American Counseling Association
Member, Association for Humanistic Counseling
Member, Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
Board Member, North Atlantic Association for Counselor Education and Supervision