Mary is a Licensed Professional Supervising Counselor. Mary graduated from Jacksonville State University with a BS in Biological Sciences and a MS in Community Agency Counseling. Before her current position at the Samaritan Counseling Center, in 2007 through 2016 she served as a counselor on the campus at Jacksonville State University providing individual counseling to students, faculty, and staff. She was also an advisor with the Active Minds Association. She later was offered the position as the Associate Director of the EAP Program at the University of Mississippi. She was responsible for establishing policy and procedures for the administration of services within the program. There she also provided individual and couples counseling services to staff, faculty, and students. She participated in and facilitated campus wide outreach programs that focused on mental health education.
She began her career in mental health in 1988 as a mental health behavioral aide in Gadsden, Alabama at the Southeastern Psychiatric Hospital. She decided to go back to school to get my masters in Mental Health Counseling so she could serve as a Cognitive Behavioral therapist in the hospital. She embraced the opportunity to practice the medical model of clinical care alongside psychiatrists and the nurses as a treatment team member. There she found my purpose in helping patients and their families who struggled with mood, anxiety and psychotic disorders. While working at the Psychiatric Hospital she was approached by the Director of the Therapeutic Foster Care Program to assist in the start-up of this new service. She assumed the position of a therapeutic foster care caseworker for several years before becoming the Program Coordinator for the Child and Adolescent Assessment Center and Independent Living Program in Piedmont, Al. She has experience working with clients who have symptoms of mood, anxiety, psychotic disorders and suffer from identity issues. She is sensitive to and can meet the needs of multicultural diverse clients as well.