Improving Mental Health with Counseling and Fitness Training 

Maria Nunley​ LPC, LADC, CFT

                 Owner of Up-Lift: Mind & Body Wellness LLC

It means so much to me that you would take a few minutes to explore Uplift and Recover, the website.


I am a professional counselor that has worked in the field of addiction, behavior change, and substance use for over Eight years. I gained a post-graduate, sixth year certificate, in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Bridgeport and I have a Masters in Criminal Justice, with a concentration in Forensic Psychology, from the University of New Haven. 


I believe in the power of change and each person's ability to achieve progress. My approaches are most often strength based and person centered. I use motivational interviewing as a counseling method to explore goals in therapy.


Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialetical Behavioral Therapy skills, and exercise as therapy, are used as a means to build and develop tools that create pathways to change. 

The mission of Up-Lift is to provide hope and encouragement that uplifts and inspires individuals to develop insight and take action.


I am honored to join you on your journey to work through the things that are holding you back from living your best life. 

Offering Spin Therapy and Walk and Talk Therapy


So, why use movement and fitness training as a coping skill?

I became a certified fitness trainer because physical fitness is a passion of mines and I have first-hand experience using fitness as a coping skill. There is research that shows the benefits of movement and exercise. 

  • Did you know that exercise is the second skill used in the DBT TIPP skill to survive a crisis?

  • Did you know that the National Alliance on Mental Health recommends exercise as one of the three helpful approaches to treating OCD and anxiety disorders?

  • Did you know that the life expectancy of patients who suffer with schizophrenia are greatly improved by exercise? Primarily because of the regimen of psychotropic medications that are given that have the side-effect of weight gain. It is said, that patients suffering from disorders that are characterized by psychosis die 10-15 years earlier due to heart disease because of a lack of physical activity and poor nutrition.

  • Many of the cures for the mind can be tapped into by keeping a body in motion


*****In your session, movement and exercise therapy are completely voluntary*****

The goal of mental health counseling is to improve an individual’s quality of life by reducing, and/or coping with symptoms that interfere with daily living. Fitness is just one coping skill, among many others, that we can explore in counseling.


All fitness levels are accepted and no knowledge of fitness is required to engage in therapy.

Specialties/Ideal client:

Substance Use Disorders

Anxiety and Depression

Disordered Eating/Binge Eating Disorder

Self-Esteem Building

Mood Disorders

Read about additional services offered

Maria Nunley

Licensed Professional Counselor (CT#3281) 

Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CT#1080)

Internationally Certified Advanced Addictions Counselor (5593)

Certified Fitness Trainer (ISSA)

Fitness Nutrition Coach (ISSA)

605 Washington Ave

North Haven, 06473

PH: 203-693-1878

Fax: 203-717-4594


Meeting by Appointment Only 

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