Fordham University, 2000
Masters in Social Work
Mercy College, 1998
Bachelors in Social Work
You are not alone.
I am committed to helping you cultivate a strong sense of self so that you can explore your unique journey and, through the process, experience personal transformation
I am a private psychotherapist located in Hopewell Junction, NY. Where I have been serving Dutchess County for over twenty years.
I received my Bachelor of Social Work from Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, NY in 1998 and my Masters in Social Work from Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service, Tarrytown, NY in 2000. I received my NYS Certificate of Social Work through the NYS Education Department in 2000 and in 2004 I became a NYS Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
I have worked in behavioral health my entire career. I have always considered my work experience as an extension of my education which has strengthened my ability to work with men and women, families and couples, struggling with co-occurring disorders, addiction, depression, anxiety, interpersonal relationships, life transitions, and more.
I understand that it can be difficult to enter into therapy with someone you’ve never met before and disclose your most personal thoughts and feelings. I offer a safe, open, and non-judgmental atmosphere where you can be at ease in the therapeutic process. People come into therapy for many reasons. Some need to respond to unexpected changes in their lives, while others seek self-exploration and personal growth. When coping skills are overwhelmed by guilt, doubt, anxiety or despair, therapy can help.
Therapy can provide support, problem-solving skills and enhanced coping for issues such as:
Depression and Anxiety
Unresolved childhood experiences
Parenting and family issues
“Many patients with behavioral health issues are often resistant to therapy as they feel it is intrusive and they are fearful of trusting a person they are not familiar with. Mary Anne’s unique approach to psychotherapy has left my patients with a renewed sense of well-being and hope. I have referred many patients to Mary Anne in the past and will continue to do so in the future.”
Susan M. Perkins, MSN, APRN, PMH-NP, ANP, CASAC
Everyone is worthy of dignity, respect and knowing their true value.
The foundation to my approach is patient-centered, non-judgmental, and always comes from a place of support and compassion. I believe that a key component in a therapeutic relationship is trust and through a collaborative process trust will build. You will be able to share more about
your feelings and concerns and provide further details that will aid my in understanding your points of view, feelings and motives.
Initially, you may not be sure what your goals are for therapy. Together we will determine them by exploring your needs, focusing on your strengths and how to build off of them to help you grow. Therapy is your personal time to learn about yourself, grow and achieve. My intention is to provide a safe and engaging environment in which healing can occur.
I have an eclectic approach in my practice and utilize various therapeutic approaches; such as psychodynamic, Interpersonal, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution-Focused therapies. These therapeutic approaches have proven beneficial to the patients I have and continue to treat. I will encourage you, through your process, to express yourself, ask questions and be a proactive advocate for your needs and desired goals in treatment.
During your process of psychotherapy, I will periodically check-in with you and seek feedback on how your experience with the therapy process is going. We will discuss your personal goals and your progress toward achieving them. During these discussions you may determine that you want to change the direction of your goals. This is ok. Therapy is your personal time to learn about yourself, grow and achieve. I always support this process, and it is what I truly enjoy about being a therapist. I am here for you.
You may be asking yourself, why would I go into therapy?
Won’t it mean that I have serious problems? What if my family and friends know?
You do not need to be in true distress before entering therapy treatment. I provide supportive therapy services to many who need to process life stressors, perhaps transitioning into a new job, location, marriage or relationship, parenting struggles. Perhaps you are having repeat emotions that you are not sure where they are coming from. Sometimes your goal for therapy can be generalized, such as personal growth, more inner peace or greater passion for living. No matter what your reason is, I am here for you to guide you through your process and help you grow. I have extensive experience working with individuals struggling with depression and anxiety, questioning their self-worth and value.