Hi, I'm Mary! I'm a school psychologist from the United States, currently living in Berlin, Germany. I earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Syracuse University, as well as a master's degree in Psychology and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) in School Psychology from William James College.
Before moving to Germany, I was a school psychologist at Excel Academy Charter Schools in Boston, Massachusetts for three years, where I supported students in grades 5 to 12 in an urban community. Additionally, I worked in the Anchorage School District in Anchorage, Alaska for one year, where I supported students from preschool to grade 8. All of my experience has focused on supporting students from multicultural and bilingual backgrounds. I am trained in providing psychoeducational assessments, individual counseling, and group counseling, as well as consultation for teachers and school systems. I have also aided in crisis response within school districts.
Through assessments, I am familiar with identifying specific learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), developmental delays, and intellectual disabilities, as well as emotional, attention, and executive functioning needs. I have provided counseling for students navigating challenges related to anxiety, depression, ADHD and executive functioning, autism, selective mutism, grief and loss, and trauma histories, as well as play-based therapy for young children.
Overall, my work is led by identifying and building on the strengths within each student’s unique mind and personality. I use a culturally-sensitive and ecological perspective to understand the many layers of a person’s life that can impact mental health and school performance. Additionally, I use a trauma-informed approach to support students with emotional and behavioral needs.
I am from the United States and I speak English.
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