MaryJane specializes in trauma recovery of all kinds, and sub-specializes in the trauma recovery from sexual abuse. She facilitates therapy groups for both men and women for a variety of issues.
MaryJane graduated in 2005 from The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology with a Masters degree in counseling, and from Ashland University in 1994 with a Masters degree in education. She taught high school English for six years, and then left the profession to pursue her heart's true desire: counseling. As she completed coursework for her counseling degree, MaryJane counseled theft offenders in a cognitive restructuring program at Theft Talk Counseling Service, and in January, 2004, she joined Columbia Counseling Associates. Then in July 2008, MaryJane moved her office to a location closer to the city of Portland. In April 2014, she then returned to the Philly area where she grew up, and is now practicing out of Malvern, PA.
MaryJane describes what she does as a therapist not only as her "dream job" but as her "calling." An abuse survivor herself, MaryJane is constantly amazed and grateful to see her own pain being redeemed in the lives of others.
MaryJane's counseling approach is integrative, drawing from existential, Adlerian, cognitive-behavioral, relational psychodynamic, and narrative therapies. She is trained in EMDR, and uses this tool as an adjunct to talk therapy. What she enjoys most about counseling is being part of a process by which broken people are made whole again. She finds nothing more rewarding than seeing people transformed from shame to freedom.
In her spare time, MaryJane enjoys animals, live theater and musicals, running, hiking, reading, and hanging out with friends. She is drawn to post-modern thought, and especially enjoys good humor and deep philosophical, spiritual and theological discussions.
Her favorite movies include The Lion King, Contact, Ordinary People, Antwone Fisher, The Horse Whisperer, Phantom of the Opera, and Shawshank Redemption; her favorite novels include My Name Is Asher Lev, The Pearl, To Kill A Mockingbird, and A Separate Peace; and her favorite songs include, "What A Beautiful Piece of Heartache" (Over the Rhine), "Think of Me" (Phantom of the Opera), and "Holy Now" (David Wilcox).