Mary Johnson, LMHC

Mary Johnson LMHC

Specialties:

  • PTSD

  • Relationship trauma

  • Separation/divorce

  • Grief/mourning

  • Mood Disorders

  • Anxiety Disorders

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My Background

Mary is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with more than 30 years of post-graduate experience in the field of outpatient counseling. Over the years she has treated clients suffering from a wide range of mental health challenges which include: anxiety disorders, co-occurring disorders (substance abuse/mental health), co-dependency (family alcoholism/drug addiction), depressive disorders, personality disorders, and chronic mental illness. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and Assumption College Mary has treated clients in private practice and in mental health clinics throughout her career. She specializes in the treatment of trauma and is an EMDR certified therapist.

My Approach & Philosophy

The underlying cause of numerous mental health problems is untreated trauma. There are many types and many degrees of what might constitute trauma for each person. Most of us have experienced tragic or disturbing events at some time in our life that have left us injured and suffering in some emotionally painful way.

Sometimes the trauma is one devastating occurrence, such as a natural disaster, an assault, or a death in the family. In other cases, the trauma is an accumulation of hard losses and disappointments over a period of many years, such as career setbacks, difficult relationships, or a divorce. Our painful memories of these experiences may result in an overload of fear or low self-worth. Neurologically wired into our trauma memory are beliefs about ourselves that are detrimental to us in fundamental ways. The memory of the trauma can haunt us, hold us back, and prevent us from taking life-changing steps. Trauma keeps us in a restricted zone where we are too afraid to forge ahead and pursue our dreams. The consequences of untreated trauma include the abandonment of our desires because we settle for only getting by in life, just keeping our heads above water, and never fully living our lives free of debilitating stress, excessive anxiety, or disabling depressive symptoms.

When I came to appreciate the magnitude of how complicated trauma is and how harmful it can be to our brain, my practice of assessing for trauma and helping clients to heal from these experiences became a mission and a passion. My approach is client-centered and holistic. I utilize EMDR strategies to help clients reprocess painful memories and to invoke the brain’s natural healing system. Outside of session, clients will utilize internal and external resources learned in therapy which they identify as calming and meaningful. Healing from trauma holds the promise of revisiting all those beautiful dreams we have kept secret much of our lives as a consequence of having been hurt deeply in the past.

If you would like to explore this type of treatment further, please feel free to reach out for a free, 15-minute consultation.

Rates & Insurance

Most Insurances accepted.

Self pay available.

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(508) 864-9850

Address

338 Highland Street
Worcester, MA 01602

Hours

Monday-Friday
9am-8pm

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