Mary Heller’s clinical approach to counseling includes a blend of existential/humanistic and cognitive therapy, as well as mindfulness work, depending on the needs of the Client. Mary’s intent is to listen, validate, and empower internal abilities, while challenging the self-defeating thoughts and behaviors that continue to create emotional, mental and physical distress.
In therapy, Mary takes note of effective behaviors and assists in helping Clients to note the same. Mary views her role as one who assists a Client in understanding themselves better, setting personal goals and supporting the Client in the process.
Mary believes therapy consists of defining issues, understanding relevant history, and designing interventions to alter behaviors, feelings, attitudes and thought patterns with the goal of a developing a healthier worldview. In addition, homework exercises may be given as needed.
Mary’s intention is for clients to view her office as a safe place to discuss past and present issues and leave with a sense of empowerment and a clearer focus on how they can obtain their goals.
Mary has experience working with Adults and Children experiencing issues with complex trauma, Grief and Bereavement, redefining Spirituality, Alzheimer’s and Dementia, Personal and Professional boundaries, Anxiety and Depression, Anger Management, Addictions and Chemical dependency, Domestic Violence, Stress and Burnout, as well as Life and Career transitions.
Mary has participated in treating many populations; individuals with severe and persistent mental illness, children, adults and families, as well as professionals in law enforcement, first responders and military persons.
Mary has a Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, along with a Bachelors degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. Mary graduated from Hodges University in Fort Myers, FL and holds a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern License with the state of Florida #IMH18768.