I am licensed in California and have 17 years of post-graduate professional work experience.
Welcome to my page. My name is Mary and I have been in the social work field since I was a sophomore in college. My experience has varied from group homes, residential facilities, job coaching, comorbid disorders, homelessness, domestic violence, working in the criminal justice department, trauma, abuse, family dynamics and working in the public sector. I have worked with elementary school aged children, adolescents, teens aging out of the system, adults, elderly and hospice.
I started my private practice in the midst of the pandemic as stress levels rose from fear, job changes, financial issues, childcare/eldercare, relationship issues, racial injustices, air quality, displacement by the wildfires, climate change, the list goes on. I wanted to provide support to those impacted by any and all above combined with interpersonal issues. How do we handle all of this? By providing a listening ear, someone to vent to, plan with. I'm here.
Additional areas of focus: Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Career difficulties, Coping with life changes, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Attachment Issues, Blended Family Issues, Body Image, Cancer, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Dependent Personality, Divorce and Separation, Family Problems, First Responder Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Hoarding, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Isolation / Loneliness, Life Purpose, Men's Issues, Midlife Crisis, Military and Veterans Issues, Multicultural Concerns, Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Post-traumatic Stress, Prejudice and Discrimination, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Love, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexuality, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Existential Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
CA LCSW 76807
Best Therapist I’ve ever had! I feel heard I feel comfortable and understood. With other therapists it was more of just trauma dumping, but with Mary I have work sheets to do she always has amazing advise offers great books to read that help me! I couldn’t ask for better and I wouldn’t change a thing! Thank you Mary and better help!
Written on Oct 20, 2023 after therapy with Mary for 2 years and 11 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes
Mary is a very understanding and knowledgeable individual.
Written on Dec 01, 2022 after therapy with Mary for 2 months on issues concerning relationship issues, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes
Mary has provided such wonderful support and insights during our therapy sessions. She truly is such a cheerleader for those she works with and has a kindness and understanding that makes you feel heard and held. I genuinely have felt my mental health improve over the time we have spent working together, and feel in a much better place than when I started. Would love to work with her again and highly recommend her. to anyone looking for a therapist.
Written on Aug 14, 2022 after therapy with Mary for 1 year and 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem
Mary worked with me for just about 7 months and she was great. She really took the time to listen to me when I just needed to vent. She was very kind and considerate of how I felt. She also gave great advice and tips on how to move forward from what I was going through. I would 100% recommend her to anyone seeking help for themselves, or even referring her to a friend. I can’t thank her enough.
Written on Sep 06, 2021 after therapy with Mary for 6 months on issues concerning trauma and abuse, and self esteem
I reached out to Mary after reading about her many years of experience in the topics I wanted help in. I started working with her to discuss body image issues and our discussions have since bounced around to so many more topics I didn't even realize I could use some help in. I rarely went into a session with Mary with a game plan of what I wanted to talk about but would always come out of it feeling as if I learned something new about myself. She is easy to talk to, never judgmental and had amazing advice that I was able to relate to multiple issues I was having in my life. She really has helped me learn how to interact with people better, learn how to keep peace in my life and manage my expectations. It has been a great experience working with her and even in just a few months I have gotten some incredibly useful tools and advice that has helped me reshape my life in the best way!
Written on Jul 13, 2021 after therapy with Mary for 7 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, and self esteem
When I first started BetterHelp, I was in a really bad place of my life. I went through 3 different counselors before finding Mary. From day one, she had been patient, kind, caring, and nonjudgmental. She listened intently to my spiels and always provided a different perspective that often challenged me to think outside my own perspective. Mary made me feel safe, supported, and comfortable, because of that, I am always excited for our live sessions. I'm very grateful and thankful to have Mary be an instrumental partner alongside me on this healing journey.
Written on May 24, 2021 after therapy with Mary for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and compassion fatigue