Mary’s educational background includes a master’s in social work from Barry University in Miami, FL, a master’s in clinical dietetics and nutrition from the University of Kansas Medical Center, extensive training in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) through Marsha Linehan’s Behavioral Tech, LLC, and additional training in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR). As a licensed specialist clinical social worker (LSCSW), Mary enjoys meeting new clients and helping them toward healing, happiness, and increased connection. Her practice with clients includes affirming their dignity and worth as human beings, validating strengths and instilling hope, and empowering them to accept their illness and make changes in behaviors to decrease suffering and increase quality of life. She has worked with adults and adolescents with borderline personality disorder (BPD), mood and anxiety disorders, unresolved trauma, grief, eating disorders, dissociative identity disorder and other psychological and personality disorders. Mary’s practice incorporates interpersonal neurobiology, as well as family systems theory. She has used EMDR therapy as an efficient and effective method to process and resolve trauma memories and memory networks. She constantly strives to improve her therapeutic effectiveness through study and by soliciting and being receptive to client feedback. She is passionate about providing high-quality mental health treatment to promote healing and restore health of mind, body, and spirit. Mary spent 20 years as a Benedictine Sister of Mount St. Scholastica in Atchison, KS. She lives in Lawrence with her partner and their cat. She enjoys good conversation, welcoming her daughter home from college, and playing pickleball.