Mary Mueller

Mary Mueller
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LICSW

Accepting new clients

I cannot praise Mary highly enough for her insight, humor, and genuine care. She actively creates a sense of trust and compassion, and her use of writing in sessions has been enormously helpful..."

- Brown University student (2015)

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Chat briefly to ensure a good match before a full appointment. (Free)

1 Verify insurances & fees.

2 Book a phone call!

If you are a prospective client, please schedule a phone consult above. For other inquiries, you can email Mary here.

    About Mary

  • Helps students and adults through life transitions, mood challenges, writer’s block, and relationship difficulties
  • Expertise in healing through expressive and creative writing
  • Trained in Psychodynamic Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, family and couples work, and trauma
  • Incorporates skills for mindfulness, relaxation, stress management and regulating overwhelming emotion

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PROFESSIONAL STATEMENT

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.

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. "

EDUCATION & 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

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SPECIALTIES

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

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TREATMENT ORIENTATION

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. (learn more)
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)

CLIENTELE

Adults
Couples
Students
Young adults

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LANGUAGES

English


I saw Mary for PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), anxiety with panic attacks, major depression, and borderline personality disorder. Her work with journaling was why I first saw her, her knowledge and use of other therapies, such as DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy), made her an excellent match for me because of my wide range of issues.

Mary is truly gifted in her ability to treat patients as people, she made me feel like a person not just a bunch of diagnoses. She treated me with respect, which was empowering and allowed me to open up and trust her. It has been a rough journey but I’m grateful having Mary in my corner helping me learn to help myself. She showed great flexibility in her treatment approach, including DBT, during individual sessions depending upon my needs at that moment without losing sight of the big picture. And, her use of journaling as a treatment tool was exceptional and eye opening.
— Brown University student on medical leave, equestrian, artist (2015)
I cannot praise Mary highly enough for her insight, humor, and genuine care. She actively creates a sense of trust and compassion, and her use of writing in sessions has been enormously helpful; she’s always looking to further the therapeutic experience and tailor sessions to what a client needs. The office itself is such a welcoming space — free tea & magazines while you wait! — that the whole environment feels conducive to healing.

Mary does work extensively in writing, so if you aren’t interested in approaching that as a complimentary method, that is something to consider; that said, she only began to incorporate writing into my work because I really loved it!
— Brown University student (2015)
Mary was incredibly supportive and helpful as a therapist. Her therapy helped me deal with my depression, as well as complex relationship and sexuality issues.
— Brown University alum (High school teacher & artist)