Mary’s philosophy includes the idea that each person comes to treatment with their own strengths, goals, and dreams, which hold keys to recovery and healing. Thus finding a sense of purpose, building on one's strengths, and fostering hope are important elements in her work.
What makes our practice unique is first the range of clinical skills and knowledge that come from Mary's comprehensive and in-depth training and experience. As humans, we are sexual, relational, mental, emotional, existential (meanging-based) and physical beings, and treatment for the whole person is important. Mary supports individuals accepting themselves - their mistakes, challenges, feelings, and desires - while simultaneously encouraging, supporting, and challenging them to make needed and important changes. Her clinical training in evidence-based practices such as: systemic therapies and treatment, motivational interviewing, dialectical behavior therpapy (DBT), EMDR, Gottman therapy, Emotion-Focused therapy, two-person psychology, existential therapy, Gestalt therapy, Experiential play therapy, and more supports the challenges many of us face as we embark on a journey of change. She has worked with clients from all backgrounds and walks of life, with a variety of challenges: from large and small families to couples and individuals, from adolescents in residential treatment struggling with self-harm and suicide attempts, to adults in intensive outpatient treatment with co-occurring (mental health and substance use) disorders, to couples and individuals in outpatient therapy working to find their own sense of connection and value.
For couples we have couples therapy, as well as groups for building friendship, conflict resolution, and sexual health, and groups for couples. Sex therapy for couples includes several modalities to increase sexual, erotic, sensual, and romantic life.
We also offer parenting classes and support, particularly for parenting kids and adolescents with intense emotional responses. These classes are based on work emotion coaching by John Gottman and principles of DBT therapy.
Opportunities for sutdents, interns, and licensed clinicians for consultation, supervision, and training are regularly available - contact us for the upcoming events: topics, dates, and times. You may also request to be on our mailing list for regular announcements.
Mary is the first board certified clinical sexologist in the Northern Nevada area. She works from a sex-positive framework-viewing sex and sexuality as sources of well being, health, creativity, connection, and pleasure in our lives. Sexual and relational health are for everyone, whether that need is small or large. Couples and individuals who come into treatment include old and young, various ways they are physically able-bodied, married, dating, or partnered/committed, monagamous, polyamorous, heterosexual, gay, lesbian, transgender, genderqueer. Individuals and couples in the BDSM, swing, and kink communities will find support in this office. Individuals and couples who want support for monogamy and sexual health with their values and beliefs will find their perspectives will be honored and met. We believe national board certification in sexology offers you the most comprehensive treatment - national board certification in sex therapy and clinical sexology requires in-depth and intensive training with rigorous standards, supervision, and training.