Mary works part time at About Counseling & Coaching, LLC as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. In addition, she works full time with the homeless population at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Jacksonville.
Mary graduated from The University of North Florida with her BA in Criminal Justice and Political Science in 2004, as well as her Master’s in Education with graduate certificates in both Early Childhood Education and Conflict Transformation in 2012. She later graduated from The University of Southern California with her Master’s in Social Work in 2016. In 2019, Mary completed training in all levels of Gottman Couples Therapy by The Gottman Marriage Institute. She is also trained in CBT for Depression from the Beck Depression Institute.
Mary’s experience and interests are working with Veterans, Military, Autism, ADD/ADHD, depression, anxiety, OCD, suicidal ideations, self-harming behaviors, paranoia, serious mental illness, grief, trauma, PTSD, psychoeducational skill building, DBT, CBT, Gottman Couples Therapy, and Social Emotional Learning.
Mary’s approach to mental health treatment is first and foremost client-centered and strength based. She believes that we all have the ability to create meaning and purpose for ourselves. She feels that we are capable of controlling and changing our current circumstances by changing our relationship with others, as well as the choices that we make. Mary knows that each of us have the ability and capacity to grow and change. This means that she firmly believes that people must be active in their treatment and need to feel empowered to tap into unrecognized strengths that foster growth, both internally and in the environment.