Mary is working on her doctorate in Counseling at Oregon State University. This degree focuses on advanced clinical practice, supervision, teaching, and research.
Mary holds a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. This degree focused on diagnosis and treatment of mental health concerns, counseling theory and techniques, and relationship concerns. Mary received theoretical and clinical training in humanistic, existential, and psychodynamic therapy alongside clinical training in areas of human spirituality and the importance of meaning.
Mary completed a post-graduate certificate program in Marriage and Family Therapy and a second post-graduate certificate in Sex . She has a specialization in LGBTIQ families and couples. She is a certified Gottman Method Couple Therapist. She has advanced training in relational health, prevention and wellness for relationships, evidence-based modalities such as Emotion-Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and EMDR. She brings to her work an in-depth understanding of group therapy and techniques to deepen creativity and personal growth through art. All of these pieces come together to provide the best care for her clients.
Mary offers supervision to Marriage and Family Therapist Interns. She teaches classes at the University of Nevada Reno to counseling students and she provides continuing education programs to all levels of clinicians from beginners to advanced practitioners. Most recently she has taught continuing education courses on motivational interviewing and sexual health through the University of Nevada Reno's CASAT program (Center for the Application of Substance Abuse Technologies). She is committed to ongoing study and excellence.
What do all the letters mean?
MA: Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology
MFT: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
CST: Certified Sex Therapist (with AASECT - American Association for Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists)
LCADC: Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor
Mary has a range of clinical skills and knowledge that come from comprehensive and in-depth training and experience. Mary is dedicated to providing quality care with the latest information and innovations, as well a time-tested methods. Mary supports individuals accepting themselves - their mistakes, challenges, feelings, and desires - while simultaneously encouraging, supporting, and challenging them to make needed and important changes.
Mary 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.