Mary earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Mary Baldwin University (formerly Mary Baldwin College), a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Regent University and currently works as a Licensed Professional Counselor.
Mary focuses on meeting clients where they are by assisting clients with identifying their strengths and using these strengths to overcome personal challenges. Mary primarily uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, understanding there is a connection between thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Mary also uses Dialectical Behavioral Therapy techniques to assist clients with being more present and learning to enjoy and appreciate each moment given. Mary is trained in EMDR therapy for treating trauma, depression, anxiety, and substance abuse. Mary is comfortable talking with clients about concerns related to faith and using Biblical approaches; however, clients have autonomy to choose if this is included in treatment, ensuring each client receives personalized care.
Mary’s experience includes working with adolescents (ages 13 and up) and adults for individual therapy, working with couples for couples therapy, and working with families for family therapy. Mary has experience working with people who have experienced trauma, grief and loss. Mary works with people who have depression, anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, mood disorders and personality disorders. Additionally, Mary is approved to provide supervision to Residents in Counseling through the Board of Counseling in Virginia.
In her free time, Mary enjoys spending time with her three adult children and her puppy, Penny. Mary also enjoys traveling and walking trails in the mountains.