Mary is a board certified art therapist and member of AATA. As described by the American Art Therapy Association, “art therapy is the therapeutic use of art making, within a professional relationship, by people who experience illness, trauma, or challenges in living, and by people who seek personal development. Through creating art and reflecting on the art products and processes, people can increase awareness of self and others, cope with symptoms, stress, and traumatic experiences; enhance cognitive abilities; and enjoy the life-affirming pleasures of making art.”
Satir Family Counseling
Mary has studied the work of John Gottman who states “creating a sustainable and happy relationship revolves around one crucial factor; friendship. Maintaining mutual respect and enjoyment in each other’s company is key. Successful couples do approach life as a team, develop their separate gifts in a complementary way, are accountable to each other, know how to resolve conflict, cultivate healthy lifestyles, have great sex and enjoy life long friends and companions.
Mary is a meditation practitioner and urges her clients to experience its benefits; physically, emotionally and mentally. The practice of meditation has been around for thousands of years and there are many ways to learn to meditate. The essence of meditation, though, is to cultivate mind awareness for the purpose of expanding consciousness. There are many reasons to learn to meditate and these include help with managing fear, anxiety, stress and anger as well as help gain insight, improve concentration, tap into intuition and help increase restful sleep.
Mary is certified in trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy, which is a therapeutic intervention designed to help individuals overcome the impact of traumatic events that are negatively impacting their daily lives. Examples of trauma include sexual abuse, physical abuse, domestic violence, community violence, an unexpected death, natural disasters or war. Reactions to trauma include intrusive thoughts, emotional and physical numbing, recalling sensations that occurred during trauma, disturbed sleep, rapid changes in mood, difficulty concentrating, depression, anxiety, low self esteem, inability to trust, drug use and desire to hurt oneself.
Mary is certified in Parent Child