Hello, I am glad you are here! You are either taking the first step on your journey to wellness or reaching out to continue that journey. I am the founder of "Wellness Place, LLC." After 25+ years of professional experience and study in the areas of social work, mental health and healthcare and many years of self-study in nutrition and philosophy, I have come to realize that well-being depends on more than a healthy body. On my journey through life, I have learned that mental, physical, social and spiritual components make up who we are and how we define ourselves. It is my goal & the goal of "Wellness Place" to help you on your journey to wellbeing.
I have practiced in the field of Social Work since 1993 and hold a BA in Social Work, Minor in Gerontology from Christopher Newport University, an Master of Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University and Virginia Licensure. My areas of practice include healthcare social work, mental health, substance abuse, education, and non-profit, adjunct college professor, and I have published, and written curriculum for educational programs and groups. My Areas of concentration include healthcare, aging, death & dying, grief, oncology, chronic & acute medical conditions. My treatment modalities include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Biopsychosocial Spritual, Problem Solving, and Systems Theory, but I use an ecclectic, individualized approach based on where you are in life and what direction you wish to take. I like to use very practical ways to address obstacles that are keeping you from the peace you seek. This often includes learning new relaxation techniques, use of resources like worksheets and websites, and proactive approaches to stress and problem prevention.
I consider myself a generalist therapist (kind of like a what a family doctor is in medicine) have successfully assisted people with the following issues:
* Bipolar I and II
* Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
* Family and Relationship issues
* Caregiver Stress
* Acute and Chronic Health Conditions, including cancer
* Loss of a loved one, people or pets
* Work related stress
* Aging and age related issues
* Anger/Violence Prevention
* Substance Use and Abuse
I have worked with people from various cultural, ethnic, and religious backgrounds and sexual orientations, but do not specialize in LBGTQIA issues. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to assist you!
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Blended Family Issues, Cancer, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Co-morbidity, Communication Problems, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), Divorce and Separation, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Forgiveness, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Impulsivity, Intellectual Disability, Isolation / Loneliness, Life Purpose, Military and Veterans Issues, Mood Disorders, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Love, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems
VA LCSW 0904006847
My therapist Mary has given me so much insight and useful resources. I feel very confident allowing her to help me with my life’s challenges. She approaches problems with a lot of grace, understanding, experience, flexibility, and a little bit of humor :). Every time we meet, I leave our discussions with a more positive outlook. She’s been a wonderful help during some of my most difficult times.
Written on Mar 21, 2023 after therapy with Mary for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes
Mary is wonderful!
Written on Feb 03, 2023 after therapy with Mary for 1 year on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, grief, and parenting issues
Mary is wonderful. So patient and kind. She give great advice and is a terrific listener. I will be back just need a break at the moment.
Written on Jan 17, 2023 after therapy with Mary for 9 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, and adhd
Mary matches your depth and commitment, I think there's real value in that and I appreciate her!
Written on Dec 15, 2022 after therapy with Mary for 7 months on issues concerning self esteem
Reads everything I write and responds accordingly; not missing any question or concern.
Written on Nov 04, 2022 after therapy with Mary for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, and self esteem
Mary is extremely open and professional. She made me feel very comfortable from day one. She has a natural helping spirit which makes me feel low stress. My insurance change so I am not able to use it with her anymore but did not want to go with anyone else so using my HSA so stick with her!!
Written on Sep 14, 2022 after therapy with Mary for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes