Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LICSW
Accepting new clients for daytime and evening appointments
Specialties & expertise
- Chronic illness and challenges
- Marital and relationship difficulties
- Expressive writing and writer's block
- Life transitions
- Loss and grief
Mary received her MSW at Smith College School for Social Work, where she received extensive training in child guidance clinics in Massachusetts and New York. She has been in practice for 30 years.
Mary has expertise in transitions, marital and relationship issues, anxiety, depression, loss, trauma and chronic illness. To her initial training in psychodynamic therapy, she integrates skills from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Family Systems and Mindfulness. She can incorporate expressive writing to her work, which adds an element of creative energy and expansion for interested clients.
Anxiety – General anxiety related to worry, separation and perfectionism
Chronic illness and challenges – e.g., cancer, bipolar disorder
Depression – Feeling down, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, difficulty being motivated, bipolar disorder
Expressive writing – Use of writing to express powerful emotions while integrating them with reflective thought to obtain balance and perspective. Includes work with writer’s block.
Life transitions – Including adjusting to and navigating college life and future life direction
Loss and grief – Including work with death, illness and relocation
Relationship difficulties – Including couples and family work
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
- Brown Student Health Insurance (First Health)
- First Health / Coventry
- Harvard/Pilgrim Health
- Johnson and Wales Student Insurance (United Health)
- Providence College (Tufts)
- RISD Student Health Insurance (United Health)
- United Health
- Individual sessions: $140/session
Therapist's note: Please don't hesitate to contact me if you are of low income.
Message to clients
"Therapy is a delicate collaboration between therapist and client. Together, we create a therapeutic relationship that builds a framework for your work. My intent is to provide professional expertise and intuition that generates wholeness and change as you move through life’s transitions."
Psychodynamic TherapyThe aim of psychodynamic therapy is to bring the unconscious mind into consciousness - helping individuals unravel, experience and understand their true, deep-rooted feelings in order to resolve them. It takes the view that our unconscious holds onto painful feelings and memories, and that the defences we develop to ensure these difficult memories do not surface from our unconscious often do more harm than good.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral treatment that often used to treat disorders such as substance dependence, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, and particularly chronic borderline personality disorder. It teaches skills such as mindfulness, pain tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotional regulation. (learn more)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)In Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), patients works with a therapist in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. CBT helps patients become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so they can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. (learn more)
Mindfulness PracticesMindfulness practices include but are not limited to developing awareness, attention, and remembering. In mindfulness-informed therapy, clients develop tools to become aware of what is occurring within and around them, so they can begin to untangle from mental preoccupations and difficult emotions. Self-acceptance and compassion are also core elements of mindfulness-informed therapy. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Kent County Mental Health, Family systems and child therapist
Rhode Island Youth Guidance Center, Child, family and play therapist
Fatima Hospital Inpatient, Inpatient social worker
Butler Hospital Child and Adolescent Clinic, Outpatient therapist
Butler Hospital Women’s Treatment Program, Trauma therapist
Psychiatric Specialists, Therapist for individuals, couples, families and adolescents
Smith College School for Social Work, MSW
St. Olaf College, B.S. Social Psychology