Mary Dowling, LCSW
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Mary Dowling

Psychotherapy, LCSW

Mary Dowling believes that we ALL need a safe space to explore and articulate our thoughts and feelings so we can understand motivating behaviors and bring unconscious beliefs into the conscious. She works diligently to create that secure space to enable safe exploration and self-discovery.
Specialties
General Mental Health
Personal Growth
Relationship Issues
Finances
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$80-140
Sliding Scale
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Cigna
Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
Beacon Health Options
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Profile
“I combine business expertise and natural clinical abilities to help others understand inner triggers and discover resistance in order to achieve the life they want.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Looking to fulfill my desire for more humanitarian values in my professional endeavors, I left the for-profit and corporate world of advertising sales management after 20 years of success to pursue a life with more purpose. I combine business expertise and natural clinical abilities to help others understand inner triggers and discover resistance in order to achieve the life they want. I am a skilled listener, filled with compassion, empathy, intellectual maturity, and strength of character who helps guide clients through life's most challenging hurdles.
What should someone know about working with you?
Intakes are used to set the stage of a safety zone and my responsibility is to help clients feel comfortable saying everything in session. I also articulate the idea that work happens between sessions. Our session time is designed to establish the week's goals and aspirations, which is why sometimes homework is assigned. I use empathy and a bit of humor to better understand client's feelings.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I continue a close relationship with my supervisor, Dr. Natalie Riccio. I also seek out continuing education opportunities in the areas of trauma, explaining the importance of narrative, and self-discovery.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
My core values were developed early in my life, assisting my physician father on weekends working with kids at a home for intellectually disabled children. My 30 years in analysis has also taught me how the process works and how important a strong and honest therapeutic relationship is.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
The higher profile for increasing needs in all areas of mental health.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
I executed a 30-page research paper on Bangladesh for a grant from Unicef in 2011. In today's climate of white privilege, a more worldly understanding of other people's struggles and lifestyles is important.
“I am a skilled listener, filled with compassion, empathy, intellectual maturity, and strength of character who helps guide clients through life's most challenging hurdles.”
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