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About the Practice of Dr. G. Fredric Mau

I am generally successful with my clients, and usually we’re together for just a few weeks. Of course no one can guarantee human behavior, but there seem to be a few key reasons why things tend to turn out well. I understand that emotion is the power of change, and I am not afraid to go with you to deal with significant emotions. I also understand that the stories we tell ourselves shape our emotions.

One of my favorite stories about what I do is the wilderness guide – I’ve been through a lot of wildernesses, my own and wildernesses that belong to other people. I know how to start a fire in the rain. I can pitch a tent. I’ve gained solid skills through the experience of many treks through the wilderness. The wilderness we’re about to go through is your wilderness, and I don’t know what we’ll encounter. I don’t know the path through. I do know that I have great skills for the wilderness, that I can come along beside you, and that we can find our way through. The path we find has to be your path, because this is your wilderness. And I know that, sometimes, your path will surprise both of us.

So I am not claiming to be the expert with the magic fix for your life, but I know I have a lot of skills to help you. I understand the power of emotion and personal stories, and most importantly, I know how to help you create real, deep, lasting emotional changes.

I also know that our professional relationship is critical. Many studies of successful master therapists – whether they are Counselors, Psychiatrists, Clinical Psychologists, of whatever theoretical orientation, from Psychoanalysts to Behaviorists – demonstrate that it is the therapeutic relationship itself which provides the model and power for healing. That’s the main reason I offer a free consultation. Yes, it is important for you to have your questions answered, and for us to explore an approach that will work for you. But mostly we have to discover whether we can go through your wilderness together. It is about mutual rapport, respect, and trust.

As you continue to read below, you will see a lot about my training, background, expertise and approach to therapy. I will just say right now that I combine three approaches. I am a narrative therapist, that is, I understand the power of the stories you tell yourself (and the power of the tales of others woven into your story). I use relaxation or hypnotic processes, because people are open to emotional change when relaxed (it is a matter of brain physiology). I am solution-focused brief therapist, which means I focus on where you are going, not so much where you’ve been, and we work for a set number of weeks (usually three to nine). This saves you money, of course, but more importantly it focuses our work and makes us more successful (this is not the sort of place where we sit around and talk about things for six months while nothing happens – neither of us should have the patience for that). Many approaches to therapy work well, but if you want to try something different from the standard cognitive behavioral or eclectic approaches that are pretty common, come by. Let’s see if we’re ready to head through your wilderness and rewrite your story together.

-Dr. G. Fredric Mau


Close up of Dr. Frederic Mau.
Watermark Counseling, HypnotherapistsHypnotists, Columbia, SC
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Licenses and Accreditations

  • ,,Dr. Fredric Mau is Board Certified as a National Certified Counselor (BC-NCC) and Hypnotherapist (BC-H). He is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (LPCS). He has been in practice in Columbia, South Carolina, since 2004 as a hypnotherapist.
  • He is a member of the American Mental Health Counselors Association, the South Carolina Association of Licensed Professional Counselors, the South Carolina Counseling Association, and the National Guild of Hypnotists. Dr. Mau is a Certified Instructor (CI) of hypnosis. Dr. Mau regularly speaks at professional conferences internationally, nationally, and statewide.
  • Dr. Mau serves on the Executive Board of the South Carolina Counseling Association (class of 2022). He previously served on the Board of Directors of the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Columbia, and the Congaree Vista Guild.
  • Dr. Mau delivered conference keynote speeches for the United Kingdom Hypnosis Convention, Australian Hypnotherapists Association, Tennessee Licensed Professional Counselors Association, and Addiction Professionals of North Carolina. On several occasions he has provided plenary presentations at the conferences of both the South Carolina Counselors Association conference and the South Carolina Mental Clinical Health Counselors Association (formerly the South Carolina Association of Licensed Professional Counselors).
  • Dr. Mau is approved by the South Carolina Board of Examiners for Licensure of Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Addiction Counselors and Psycho-Educational Specialists to provide continuing education to licensed professional counselors and social workers.
  • Dr. Mau is an affiliate of The Highlands Company, the publisher of the Highlands Ability Battery, the gold standard among assessment tools measuring individual abilities.
  • All three of Dr. Mau’s books were awarded the Pen and Quill Award, given by the International Association of Counselors and Therapists and the International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association:
  • For more than 15 years Dr. Mau has had an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.


Dr. Mau is available by appointment only. Appointments are scheduled to start as early as 9:00 a.m. and as late as 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. A free consultation is always available for those considering Dr. Mau’s services. To schedule an appointment please contact us.


Watermark is located in downtown Columbia at 1705 Richland Street, Columbia SC, 29201. Please see the map below for directions. 

A Note About Insurance

Dr. Mau is happy to answer your questions, and always provides a free initial consultation. Visit our Contact page to schedule your consultation.

This is a brief therapy process, which helps reduce costs. Watermark Counseling LLC offers a discount for services as well as a payment plan at no interest. Payment can also be made using Health Savings Accounts and Flexible Spending accounts. Cash, checks, and credit and debit cards are welcome. As warranted, Dr. Mau can provide a detailed receipt which can be submitted to insurance for a potential out-of-network provider reimbursement. Medicare does not cover the services of licensed professional counselors in any state, and receipts cannot be submitted to Medicare for reimbursement.