Get to Know Me
Helping You Move Forward
Mary is a registered clinical counsellor (RCC # 14348), having completed her Master of Counselling Psychology degree from Adler University in 2016.
After working as an elementary school teacher for over 25 years, Mary was ready for a significant change in her life. She always knew that she wanted to help people and, as a result, was inspired to become a counsellor.
Currently, Mary uses her education, extensive training and wealth of life experience to help her clients navigate life transitions and feelings of stuckness to make healthier life decisions and build stronger, more beneficial relationships.
Mary works with individuals and couples, offering comprehensive services relating to:
- Depression, anxiety, stress management, low self –esteem, life transitions (including career changes, mid-life, empty nest syndrome, care of elderly parents), trauma, parental issues, grief or loss, relationship issues, communication problems, anger management, low self -esteem, disordered eating, social building skills and family of origin issues.
I come from a large Italian and French-Canadian family and have been happily married for 35 years, with three adult children and a dog that I love dearly. He often makes cameos in my client sessions, typically sleeping on his little bed.
I have always loved to travel and meet people while also being a devoted life-long learner. I also have a deep appreciation for music, nature walks, skiing, shopping, good meals, good movies and a good book. I cherish my friends and family circle and enjoy socializing with them.
Focusing on life transitions, I understand the impact of life transitions and the evolution of being in the “sandwich generation”, taking care of both children and elderly parents. My own journey includes not only my own life transitions but those of my children, watching them go through career changes, relationships, marriage as well as grief and loss. Grief and loss are a big part of life transitions. Having lost my father in 2020 I know the impact of the grief journey both on the individual and the whole family system. I also know the grief of losing a pet, having lost my first dog at age 17.
Influenced by several evidence-based counselling practices, my therapy practice is based on individual needs and includes:
Internal family systems (IFS) https://ifs-institute.com/ ,
Adlerian, Client-Centered, CBT, Mindfulness, Focus Oriented, Emotion Focused Individual & Couples therapy, Imago https://harvilleandhelen.com/initiatives/what-is-imago/ , Gottman Couples Therapy
“Most of us are trying to live an authentic life. Deep down, we want to take off our game face and be real and imperfect.”
– Brené Brown
Master of Counselling Psychology
Bachelor of Education- Psychology & French
Simon Fraser University
Registered Clinical Counsellor (#14348)
BC Association of Clinical Counsellors
EMDR Certificate of Basic Training
IFS level 1.
Gottman Method Couples Therapy Levels 1 and 2
The Gottman Institute
Focus Oriented Therapy Level 1
Inward Bound Focusing Training
Treating Complex Trauma with Internal Family Systems
Somatic Training with Lisa Mortimore
Mindfulness CBT Stress Reduction
Transforming Trauma: AEDP
Emotion Focused Couples Therapy Training
Making Sense of Emotions: Gordon Neufeld