Mary Beth Cooke, MA, LMFT, LPC

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  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Professional Counselor
  • 903 Forest St., Georgetown, Texas, 78626
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      903 Forest St.
      Georgetown, 78626
  • Phone: 512-966-6860
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Dear Potential Client,
You are not alone in your struggle! Here's a little bit about my journey. Married for over twenty-eight years and mother of four, my entry into the world of professional counseling came during midlife for me, and grew out of an exploration of my own strengths and need to insure a purposeful life.  
Early years/career: Born into a family of nine children, I was raised in the Chicago area. I attended DePaul University and Illinois State University, and received a B.S. and an M.S. in Business Education and Adminstrative Services. My first career was teaching high school and university-level business and communications courses. One of my assignments at ISU was to teach Business Communications, and I discovered that my favorite chapters to lecture on were about the psychology of writing. I loved university teaching so much that I entered the Ph.D. program at the University of Texas at Austin. I fell in love with Austin and decided to make Texas my new home, where I have been living ever since. 
Midlife Transitions: I entered corporate world of sales/ high-tech, but stayed home when my first-born son was 2 and my triplets were born. I  volunteered with the PTA, and concentrated on our kids until I could enter the Counseling and Psychology graduate program at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor(a CACREP-accredited university) in 2007. I graduated with an MA in Community Counseling in 2009, passed my LPC boards, and took an additional 12 hours of graduate school in Advanced Marriage and Family Systems to qualify for the courses I needed for the Texas LMFT license. Then I passed the Texas LMFT boards and ended up with two licenses, LPC and LMFT.
My husband was a great support throughout this journey, helping with housework and the kids as needed and providing financial support. We have battled cancer together, raised four kids to college age, gone to countless track meets, soccer, baseball, and basketball games and practices, managed aging parents, career transitions, physical moves, public and private school transitions, special needs, and all the joy and tears that come with raising a family in today's world. 
Internship: Working towards becoming an LPC and a LMFT turned out to be a perfect fit for me but required thousands of hours of practice. I worked as an intern at Fort Hood's US Army Family Life Chaplain Training and Resource Center and Scott and White's Military Homefront Services from 2008-2011. I conducted supervised, one-on-one counseling sessions with children, teens, adults, couples and whole families and also taught parenting education courses and Children in the Middle classes for divorcing couples. After six quick years, I emerged with my LPC and LMFT licenses and a breadth and depth of experiences that really prepared me for private practice, which has always been my ultimate goal.  I have worked with clients from age 3 to 70+, and have enjoyed my private practice in Georgetown immensely.
My clients include individuals and couples dealing with childhood sexual abuse, relationship conflicts, infidelity, alcohol and drug addiction, gay/lesbian adjustment issues and family implications, depression/anxiety, workplace problems, deployment issues,  attachment disorders, weight control, and midlife career and motivation problems. I've seen wives who have been abandoned by husbands, soldiers leaving the army in career transition, infertility, miscarriage, and people with suicidal ideations and attempts. I have worked with teens with such problems as parental divorce, statutory rape, self-harming behaviors, and sibling conflict, and academic failure. Some of my clients have been victims of domestic violence either in childhood or in their marriages. Some have been plagued with alcohol, drug, or sex addiction, or have been in relationships with partners who suffered these addictions and were battling their own codependency. My specialized post-graduate trainings are listed at the end of this biography.
My Approach as TherapistI use an integrative approach which incorporates research-based, effective techniques. I tailor the treatment plan to meet the needs of my client, and I consider part of my job to educate my clients on the different therapies that are available. For instance, EMDR allows us to achieve results faster, and with a commitment, and it relies less on traditional "talk therapy" and more on internal processing to get you "unstuck." Before the start of any therapy, I conduct a comprehensive study of your family and life history so I can learn as much as possible about the issue at hand and the therapy that will work best for you.
Whatever the plan, you can count on three things from me: 1) I will listen to your situation with an open heart and mind and will not judge you, 2) I will put myself "in your shoes" as best I can to imagine what it would be like to be you; and I will 3) be honest with you about my sincere evaluation of the state of the problem and the way we need to approach. Carl Rogers, founder of humanistic, client-centered therapy, wrote that if these 3 things are present in the therapy room, change will occur. I  keep this as my guiding philosophy throughout our relationship.
Specialized Post-Graduate Training:
*Emotionally Focused Therapy Training for Couples, Externship and Core Skills 1, 2, 3, and 4 completed in 2015;  currently working on ICEFT Certification and under the supervision of Sarah McConnell, LMFT-S, LPC-S), training by Jeff Hickey, LCSW, both ICEFT Certified EFT Supervisors.
*EMDR for Adults Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse and Attachment Injuries. Laurel Parnell. Dallas, TX. 3-Day Seminar. 2013. (CEU Credits)
*EMDR Level 1 and Level 2 Trainings and Consultation, Rick Levinson, LCSW, Austin, TX (Certificates). EMDRIA Certification in process.
*EMDR Feeling-State Theory of Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorders and the FS Addiction Procotol, Robert Miller, Ph.D., Round Rock TX (15 CEU credits)
*Heartmath Interventions Training Program, Institute of Heartmath, taught by Christiane Bishop and Jeff Goelitz (Certificate program) 
*Helping Couples Get Past the Affair (Protocol specifically designed for military couples but adaptable to all couples),  Doug Snyder, Ph.D, Ft. Hood, TX (CEU Credits)
*Secrets, Cybersex, Affairs, Addiction and Forgiveness, Janis Abrahms Spring, Ph.D., San Antonio, TX (6 CEU Credits).

Mary Beth Cooke Reaches

Round Rock TX