Mary is a registered clinical counsellor (RCC # 14348) with a Masters degree of Counselling Psychology from Adler University. She is a compassionate, sensitive, caring individual. Mary believes that the client is the expert of his or her life. She guides both couples and individuals through their struggles, helping them to reconnect in their relationships and helping them find their inner strength. Mary helps her clients make healthier life decisions. She helps them navigate through life transitions including including infidelity, separation, grief or loss, career changes, health changes, empty nest syndrome and care of aging parents or relatives. Mary uses her empathic and intuitive nature to help clients with anxiety, insecurity issues, depression, trauma, postpartum depression as well as facilitating more effective communication and social skills. Her therapeutic approach is holistic and tailored to the individual or couple. Therapy is influenced by scientifically sound methods such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Adlerian ,Focus Oriented,
Gottman Couples Therapy, Emotion Focused Couples and Individual Therapy (EFT), Family systems, AEDP, Mindfulness, and Person Centred to mention a few. Mary helps her clients recognize their strengths and use them to overcome many of life’s difficulties. Mary believes that all things are possible when people have the support of a strong therapeutic relationship in a warm safe environment. Mary moves clients toward positive change in their lives through insight, self-understanding, clarity, and action.
Mary’s decision to become a therapist came after her own experience with a major life transition. Mary ‘s invaluable experience as a client in her own personal counselling journey makes her very attuned to others. She draws on her wealth of experience from many years of teaching, 31 years of marriage, parenting 3 children, and aging parents to embrace her client’s struggles and concerns. Mary believes in a collaborative counselling process treating each client as a unique, distinct, valued individual respecting his or her differences and diversities.
On a personal note, Mary comes from a large Italian and French family. She loves children and animals, especially one very special Cockapoo, Oscar, her late family pet.
Mary spends her free time listening to music, reading, taking long walks and enjoying nature, skiing, animals and good movies. She especially enjoys a good meal and many laughs with family and friends.
The Counselling Process
The counselling process is made up of begins with the therapeutic relationship. This relationship is the most important aspect of counselling. Mary believes that a therapist and client must have a good fit in order to get the most out of counselling. This is the reason Mary encourages new clients to have a free phone consult whenever possible before coming for the first session. Counselling comes with both benefits and risks. The risks being that sometimes talking about sensitive subjects can evoke strong emotions and it can take time to sit with those thoughts and feeling before you feel better. The benefits involve learning new ways to cope, better communication skills, and insight into thoughts, behaviours and feelings often changing the way you walk though life. Counselling can also help strengthen your relationship with self and others and help guide you through a painful journey.
Mary’s Location and Fees
Mary’s main office is located at 1416 Commercial Drive and is easily accessible by skytrain and bus just 15 minutes from downtown Vancouver, Burnaby, and the North Shore. Mary also sees clients occasionally in her Burnaby office in Solo District.
50 minute Individual Counselling 120$
75 minute Individual Counselling 180$
60 minute Couples Counselling 130$
75 minute Couples Counselling 180$
A comprehensive receipt will be provided in order for client’s to submit to their insurance companies.
Adler University Vancouver Campus, Masters of Counselling Psychology (2016)
Simon Fraser University, Bachelor of Education (1984)
The Fundamentals of Focusing-Oriented Therapy, Inward Bound Counselling & Focusing Training Level 1 (February, 2017)
Registered Clinical Counsellor Certification 2016
Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy Six Week Online Training (May, 2016)
Making Sense of Emotions, with Gordon, Neufeld (March, 2016)
Gottman Couples Therapy, Level One and Two Certification ( October 2013, February 2016)
MS Society, Vancouver Chapter, Peer Support Group Leader (2013-2015)
BCACC, Skills For Mindful Living Series, Volunteer assistant (2013-2015)
o Topics ranged from Anger Management, to Mindfulness Based activities, and Trauma
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction workshop (2013)
Vancouver Crisis Centre, Education Volunteer (December 2011-2013)