Mary started her career path attending the University of California at Irvine followed by obtaining her Masters Degree in Social Work at the University of Southern California with an emphasis on children and families. She initially began working with children, adolescents and adults in an inpatient crisis residential treatment program. In addition, she devoted most of her life to working with abused and neglected children and their families. Mary served as Program Director in two different shelters working with pregnant and parenting teens and adults. She has a vast understanding of the developmental needs of children and the ensuing damage of early childhood trauma. Mary has also worked in Hospice addressing end of life care for the dying and their loved ones. Mary considers therapy to be a partnership between therapist and client walking together with the goal of greater peace and life satisfaction. She utilizes a variety of modalities including mindfulness, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), psycho-dynamic, developmental psychology, psycho education, trauma work and systemic therapy. Mary brings twenty plus years in this field and is highly committed to helping you to live your best life.