As a licensed counselor with approximately 18 years of experience as a counselor, I like to find what your interest is in being in counseling and what you hope to gain from the experience. When taking small steps, this gains confidence that you can succeed in making the changes that you present to counseling to discuss. The idea of counseling is that you learn to be your own therapist.
My background as a licensed counselor is cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) which simply means using your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors to make changes in your life. Some of my experience, as a counselor, is also in cognitive processing therapy (CPT), mindfulness, Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and treating trauma. Other issues that I have worked with in therapy are anger, stress, anxiety, depression, and OCD.
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Adoption and Foster Care, Antisocial Personality, Attachment Issues, Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Blended Family Issues, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), Dissociation, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Eating and Food-Related Issues, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, Fertility Issues, First Responder Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Isolation / Loneliness, Life Purpose, Men's Issues, Midlife Crisis, Military and Veterans Issues, Money and Financial Issues, Mood Disorders, Multicultural Concerns, Narcissism, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Paranoia, Phobias, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Prejudice and Discrimination, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Self-Love, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexuality, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Traumatic Brain Injury, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Somatic Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
TX LPC 17479
Very insightful and very inviting to me and my specific thoughts and issues.
Written on May 22, 2023 after therapy with Mary for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, and career difficulties
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Written on Dec 19, 2022 after therapy with Mary for 1 year and 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, and self esteem
My therapist lets me express how I am feeling, without reserve. She offers helpful recommendations and allows me the room to reflect on and plan for next steps forward.
Written on Dec 10, 2022 after therapy with Mary for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, and coping with life changes
Mary provided new insights to me to cope with some issues I have allowed to be a burden for a very long time. She gave me new tools, and new perspective.
I think it is important to be challenged, and Mary does that in a non-threatening way. She seems to know when to listen, and when to be heard.
Written on Nov 18, 2022 after therapy with Mary for 1 month on issues concerning relationship issues, and grief
Mary is very caring. Even in between sessions, she will email me to check on me.
Written on Nov 18, 2022 after therapy with Mary for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd
she is a really good listener and asks me questions to express myself in a better way
Written on Nov 13, 2022 after therapy with Mary for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and adhd