Mary holds an Honours degree in Psychology from the University of Melbourne and a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). She is registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and is an Associate Member of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA).
Mary has worked across a variety of clinical services, assessing and treating people of different ages and cultural backgrounds. She has worked at Cumberland Hospital, where she treated people with complex emotional and psychological difficulties stemming from childhood trauma and adversity. She has also worked at both the UTS Counselling Service and UTS Psychology Clinic, treating young adults dealing with stress, anxiety, depression, addiction, and self-harm, as well as difficulties associated with interpersonal and relationship issues, cultural adjustment and academic pressures. In addition to her work at My Space, Mary also works at Northside Clinic where she runs group programs for adults and adolescents dealing with severe mood, anxiety and personality difficulties. Mary has a particular interest in working with young adults with interpersonal, identity and trauma-related difficulties. She has conducted research into the neurological characteristics of addictive and impulsive behaviours.
Mary has a passion for helping people discover and examine the psychological and emotional themes of their inner selves, their relationships and their personal histories. She believes that therapeutic growth occurs through the deepening of personal knowledge, alongside an openness to identify and work through experiences that are disruptive to a person’s emotional wellbeing and/or relationships. Mary strives to work collaboratively with her clients in building lives that are personally fulfilling, meaningful and valuable.
Mary is a warm, down-to-earth, authentic, open-minded and compassionate therapist. She understands that acknowledging and disclosing the intimate challenges of one’s life can be both difficult and painful, and therefore endeavours to create a nurturing, non-judgmental and respectful environment where people feel comfortable to share their experiences, whatever they may be. Mary works within short and long-term therapeutic frameworks and believes that building and sustaining a strong, trusting and supportive therapeutic relationship is of the utmost importance to the therapeutic process. She has a flexible approach to therapy, drawing upon on a number of evidence-based therapies including Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour, Schema Therapy and Mindfulness.