As a wife and mother of two, Mary is familiar with the challenges faced by parents who are striving to balance the many demands in their lives. Add to this her roles as a scout leader, employee, sibling, and friend, and it's safe to say that Mary understands the stress of the modern lifestyle. Such stress often pushes us toward depression, anxiety, and other emotional reactions. It can cause us to lose focus on the parts of life that we value most, while compromising the relationships that matter most.
Mary's interest in helping people navigate life's difficulties has deep roots. Her many experiences as a volunteer during adolescence and young adulthood led to Mary finding her professional niche in the classroom, where she taught in an elementary school for four years. She found fulfillment in the relationships she developed with her students and their parents. Hoping to more fully use her gifts as a listener and problem-solver, Mary decided that she wanted to pursue a career in professional counseling.
After completing a practicum and internship in a private practice, Mary graduated with a Masters degree in Professional Counseling from Georgia State University. It was there that she first gained experience teaching parenting classes via the STEP (Systematic Training for Effective Parenting) model. She also began learning the nuances involved in conducting therapy with children, adolescents, and adults. These foundational counseling skills equipped Mary to work in-home with at-risk couples and families. After this, she worked with female victims of childhood sexual abuse, and was eventually tasked with the development, coordination, and management of a visitation center for parents involved with the Department of Family and Children Services. These experiences have broadened Mary's understanding of family communication dynamics.
Mary enjoys cooking, reading, knitting, and spending time with her family. She has moved to and from Denver, Colorado, but is happy to be back home in the South.