Practicing Since: 2017
Mary believes that radical acceptance is foundational for healing and recovery. She strives to create an environment of unconditional positive regard where clients feel safe exploring challenging thoughts, difficult emotions, and traumatic experiences. She uses trauma-informed and strengths-based interventions to help clients uncover and address limiting beliefs and patterns. She specializes in early childhood trauma and in working with children with behavioral challenges. Her counseling style focuses on supporting clients and families with building resilience and living more fulfilling lives, no matter the circumstances.
Mary has spent over a decade working with young people and families impacted by trauma and mental health conditions. She was a Peace Corps volunteer, worked in an orphanage, and two residential facilities for adolescent survivors of sexual abuse and exploitation in Ecuador. In her second year of graduate school, she was awarded the Fisher-Cummings fellowship for social workers driven to impact policy. Through this fellowship, she was able to work for Congress as a legislative fellow focused on policies for improving access to mental health services.
In her spare time, Mary loves to create art, write, curl up with a good book, or explore nature.
Mary is a licensed Supervisee in Clinical Social Work in the state of Virginia (#0906013956). She is supervised by Mary Dolby-McDonald, LCSW (#0904003530)