Mary joined Beyond Today Counseling Center in 2015. Her career in counseling began in 1998 when she graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Liberty University. Prior to becoming a counselor, Mary obtained a BS in Education from Valdosta State University (1976) and taught in the public school system for two years. Mary is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor. She is a member of AACC (American Association of Christian Counselors) and LPCA of GA.
As a counselor Mary served in county mental health, treating the severely and chronically mentally ill for two years; since 2000 she has worked in private practice. She is trained in Theophostics and was a Stephen Minister in her church. She enjoys the challenge of counseling couples and has done considerable work with depression, anxiety, grief, life transitions, boundaries, assertiveness, and spiritual issues. Additionally, she was an Air Force wife, so she has a special understanding of military life and its challenges.
Although familiar with many theories and techniques of counseling, Mary leans more toward Cognitive Behavioral (CBT) methods. She would describe herself as an empathetic and patient person who seeks above all else to create a safe environment in which her clients can openly share their thoughts, feelings, deep desires, and painful issues. She feels truly privileged to be a part of her clients’ life journeys.