Meet Mary


Empathy, warmth, compassion and respect.

Welcome to my practice. I am a licensed Marriage and Family therapist and I am excited to have an opportunity to introduce myself and talk about the way I work and approach psychotherapy. First, I am committed to improving the quality of lives of the individuals, couples, children, adolescents and families that I see. I endeavor to create an environment, which feels safe for emotional expression, and to treat my clients with empathy, warmth, compassion and respect. I listen and listen well without judgment, criticism or advise, all with the hope of providing a positive therapeutic experience and reduction of the stigma towards therapy sometimes experienced when seeking help for mental health issues.

Education:

BS University of Cincinnati
MA in Clinical Psychology, Antioch University Los Angeles

Experience:

The Maple Counseling Center
9107 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills CA 90210
Worked with individual adults and couples

Outreach Concern
400 North Tustin Ave, Santa Ana CA 92705
Worked with Pre-Kindergarten thru Eighth Grade children

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Center for the Study of Young People/Teen Line
8700 Gracie Allen Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90048
Worked with teenagers and young adults

Professional Affiliations:

CAMFT California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
The Maple Counseling Center Alumni Association
LAISPS  Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies

Continuing Education:

Pepperdine University: Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution; Family Law Mediation – Continuing Education Program
LAISPS  Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies – Trauma Studies Program
TRM® Trauma Resiliency Model® Level 1 Training, Trauma Resource Institute
Emotionally Focused Couples Externship at Los Angeles Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy

How I think about clients

All clinicians work with theoretical orientations that serve as a foundation when working with clients. My style is eclectic using several orientations as I find everyone is unique and requires customized treatment.

My orientations are as follows:

Psychodynamic

I am interested in past experiences and how they influence current behavior and difficulties. Interested in patterns of behaviors that may or may not serve one well, unconscious motivations that influence us and blocks to healthy change. I am interested in the client’s childhood and family of origin and experiences associated with them.

Client-Centered Humanistic

The therapist and client work in collaboration with each other. I am not the expert but rather you are the expert when it comes to you and your experience. I just help to highlight behaviors, explore and heighten feelings and offer insight

Cognitive Behavioral

Negative and/or distorted thoughts and beliefs are processed and replaced with healthy ones. Just because we have a thought it does not mean that the thought is true.  We look for evidence to support thoughts and feelings, and employ healthy strategies to reduce negative thoughts, internal critical voices and obsessive thoughts that cause rumination.

Family Systems

The whole family dynamic and not just the individual brought in for treatment are assessed. Everyone’s role and ways of interacting in the family are explored.

EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy)

This orientation is helpful when working with couples to identify the cycle of conflict that they tend to experience over and over again. Feelings and how the couples relate and are connected emotionally are critical to understanding why there are difficulties, how they fight and how they love.

Solution-Focused

Once the other work has been done it is helpful to look for solutions; to help the client discover new ways to cope, to resolve issues, to react in a healthy more helpful way that serves them better and to set goals.

Mindfulness, Meditation and Exercise

Can be combined with other treatments.

Treatment Goals

With the above stated the next part of the work involves setting treatment goals together and working towards them. Goals can include but are not limited to the following:

  • Reduce anxiety
  • Reduce stress
  • Reduce depression (moderate to severe)
  • Reduce dysthymia (low grade depression)
  • Reduce obsessive thoughts
  • Reduce obsessive compulsions and behaviors
  • Resolve conflict
  • Resolve internal conflicted feelings
  • Identify triggers that lead to either reactivity (i.e. angry outbursts) and/or low self-esteem and withdrawal
  • Increase self awareness
  • Enhance emotional expression
  • Improve communication skills
  • Develop insight into one’s behaviors and motivations
  • Develop healthy coping skills
  • Develop healthy beliefs in one’s self and the world