Mary French is a health professional with more than 30 years experience, as both a nurse and licensed clinical social worker, and operates a private psychotherapy practice in Baltimore County, Maryland. She works with both adults and adolescents. Mary integrates traditional and holistic approaches, and believes in treating the whole individual—mind, body and spirit.
Her approach includes conventional therapies, such as cognitive behavioral techniques with holistic methods. Mary firmly believes that merging these forms of therapies, while respecting the beliefs of her clients, allows access to their inner strengths and resources and facilitates healing while at the same time reducing stress and creating a new lifestyle for many of her clients.
Mary is a Certified EMDR Therapist and an EMDR Consultant, currently on the EMDR of Greater Washington faculty and assisting in the EMDR Basic Training Programs. Over the last 10 years, Mary has had the privilege of working extensively with Deany Laliotis LICSW , Senior EMDR Trainer and Director of training for the EMDR Institute to increase her expertise in this approach. Through the International Association of Trauma Professionals, she is also a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. Mary has also had extensive training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and has completed the level 2 training. Mary is a member of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. She is also a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Instructor trained under the direction of Jon Kabat Zinn at the University of Massachusetts in Worcester, Stress Reduction and Relaxation Clinic. Mary is past president of Pain Connection, a nonprofit group to help those coping with chronic pain. Here, she co-developed the Filling in the Gaps in Pain Care mind body program and also co-authored Making the Invisible Visible a training manual for health care providers.
A cognitive behavioral approach is well documented in clinical research to be very effective in treating depression and anxiety. This approach helps clients explore core belief systems about themselves and the world, influencing how they feel and act, and thereby contributing to their quality of life.
An eclectic theoretical framework is often used in treatment because it incorporates a number of human behavior and social work theories. It also acknowledges the role that the environment plays in the client’s life, thus providing a more holistic view on the problems facing that individual.
Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing Therapy
EMDR is based on the Adaptive Informational Processing (AIP) model of the brain and accelerates the way the brain processes information. Scientific Research has established EMDR as one of the most effective psychotherapeutic treatments for posttraumatic stress. It has also been effective in treating many other conditions. www.EMDRIA.org
If you are a licensed clinician interested in EMDR Basic Training contact EMDR of Greater Washington www.emdrgreaterwashington.com
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy incorporates the body's innate intelligence and wisdom to facilitate healing. This is a comprehensive psychotherapeutic approach drawing from somatic therapies, Hakomi Method, neuroscience, attachment theory and cognitive approaches. For more information www.Sensorimotorpsychotherapy.org
MINDFULNESS BASED MEDITATION
Mindfulness based stress reduction techniques help with a broad range of medical and psychological issues, such as anxiety, stress, pain and chronic illness. It facilitates deep states of relaxation, in which one is able to pay attention to distracting thoughts, sensations, and discomfort, while at the same time learning to work with, rather than ignore, information from the body and mind. The benefit of these techniques includes an increased sense of balance and an enhanced capacity to handle life’s challenges with greater clarity and wisdom. Mindfulness meditation is centuries old and taken from the Buddhist tradition.
Hypnosis is a powerful tool that can be utilized as a part of a comprehensive treatment plan to help the client access the unconscious mind, which can facilitate change more rapidly. It is also a tool that the client can learn to use outside of therapy to increase their sense of control and personal effectiveness.
Regression therapy is a mental process of going back to an earlier time to retrieve memories that may negatively influence our lives. It is used when clinically appropriate through an induction technique, such as a deep state of hypnosis, With the client in complete control, he or she can access the subconscious mind to gain insight and transmit creative solutions to problems, which potentially facilitate healing.
There is a 48-hour cancellation policy. You must call the office 48 hours prior to your appointment to cancel or reschedule. Otherwise, you will be charged for the full cost of your visit. If there are extenuating circumstances, please provide this information.
Please notify Mary of any changes to your address, telephone numbers.
When leaving messages, please leave both home and work numbers. Most calls are returned in the evening after business hours.
For After-Hour Emergencies
For a true clinical emergency do not wait for a return call, go directly to the nearest hospital emergency room or call 911.
Release of Client Information
Except for the purpose of medical/psychiatric emergency or court subpoena, records and information about treatment are released only with the written permission of the client or parent/legal guardian. You will receive HIPAA compliant privacy information at your first session.
Mary French does not bill insurance companies directly at this time. It is the client’s responsibility to seek reimbursement from his or her insurance company for treatment. As with other clinicians who do not participate with an insurance/managed care company, clients are responsible for all charges at the time of the appointment.