I am a clinical mental health counselor that has worked with most adult issues to include anxiety, depression, trauma, victimization and other personal issues that get in the way of living a contented life. I have 4 + years’ experience. I also specialize in working with mandated clients to include criminal and sex offenders.
I say the word contented life because happiness is always fleeting. It is a moment in time that happens now and again in our short lives. Most of us live in a world of fear that stops us from being who we really need to become and to evolve as we live. The only constant in this world is change and we have to learn to roll with it. Fear is a natural instinct. It is meant for us not to get eaten by an animal or physically get harmed. It spills over into our modern lives in the forms of what we value in how other’s view us or how we view ourselves. This can come from many places as we grow into adults and also in any trauma we have experienced. Life is both good and bad at times. When we get stuck in our fears or our anger, we stop evolving.
I work using integrated therapy tailored to the person and with the person’s permission, work within the bounds of comfort with the therapy. Humor is not off the table here. Did you ever notice when you are laughing hard that you are present in that moment because you are too busy laughing to think about anything else. I strive to work with clients and not for them. Therapy is a process that includes both the therapist as a guide and sounding board and the client who is invested to get better.
I have an existentialist philosophy overall. We are born, things happen (good and bad) we either learn from it or get stuck in it. When our short life ends, what matters is what we learned and what did we teach. I am very real and blunt. I have a strength that I model in order to help a client build strength to handle the constant changes.
Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Relationship issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Depression, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, Abandonment, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Antisocial Personality, Attachment Issues, Avoidant Personality, BDSM, Kink, Alternative Sex Culture, Body Image, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Divorce and Separation, Emptiness, Gender Dysphoria, Guilt and Shame, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Isolation / Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Narcissism, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Post-traumatic Stress, Prejudice and Discrimination, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Sex Addiction, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexual Dysfunction, Sexuality, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Existential Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy
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I really appreciate Better help for matching me up with Mary . She is influencing me to make better decisions . I am starting to improve with facing my fears. I am also practicing everyday living skills for myself by doing the homework she has assign me. I have ADHD and she works well with listening to my rushing thoughts and telling me her true Option. I appreciate how she responds back to my journal entries and bring them up during our sessions.
Written on Oct 22, 2022 after therapy with Mary for 4 days on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, relationship issues, family conflicts, coping with life changes, adhd, anger management, and grief
Mary is real. Honest. Blunt. Respectful. Hilarious. She is a great therapist who really cares.
Written on Mar 21, 2022 after therapy with Mary for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, and stress, anxiety
I appreciate Mary's authenticity and realistic approach to therapy. Instead of the colder, more medical feel of counseling that I've experienced in the past, Mary is quick to share relatable stories and make you laugh. I look forward to my sessions with Mary.
Written on Mar 02, 2022 after therapy with Mary for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, bipolar disorder, and compassion fatigue
I went through two other therapists before finding Mary. She is very easy to talk and makes me feel safe with everything I share with her. She has helped me solve my problems and she also just listens when I need to vent. I highly recommend her !
Written on Feb 25, 2022 after therapy with Mary for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, and adhd
Mary is incredible! I look forward to speaking with her. She is very insightful and GREAT at what she does.
Written on Nov 30, 2021 after therapy with Mary for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd
Mary is amazing and down to earth. Completely different from any therapist I’ve had. None of that oh how do you feel about that kind of therapy. It’s a very comfortable setting
Written on Oct 29, 2021 after therapy with Mary for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, and adhd