Mary Stanley, CMHCH, ATR-BC, ATCS

 
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Clinical Director
Art Therapist

mary@thehealinggroup.com

I love to make sense of the mess, no matter how big or small. I am trained as an Art Therapist and, in addition, I practice as a mental health counselor. If you are coming to me as an individual, as a couple, or as a family, I view the therapeutic process as an opportunity to learn to play and gain mastery over ideas and experiences that have previously been intimidating or more. Because of my own personal experience navigating life’s messiness, I’m privileged to be a witness and support to individuals who are working on creating meaning in difficult circumstances. Clients often remark on being surprised at the satisfaction they gain from exploring their conundrums through the modality of art. I also work collaboratively with other clinicians to support the work they are doing with their clients through short-term art therapy to facilitate “unsticking.”

My theoretical framework for understanding you and your experiences is heavily grounded in attachment and object relations theories with an understanding of the current research about the brain and the creative process. I come from a place of non-judgement, the assumption that you are inherently valuable, and empathy. I consider that you are not a diagnosis but the symptoms (distressing behaviors, patterns, and feelings) you are experiencing are a result of experience(s) of feeling disconnected somehow and your desire to survive. Maybe those symptoms once helped you to survive for a short time and now you would like to find a different way that could be more effective for your long-term health and well-being. We can explore these things safely using both verbal and experiential practices.

AFFILIATIONS

  • American Art Therapy Association Ambassador and Conference Submission Reviewer
  • Nationally Registered and Board Certified Art Therapist and Art Therapy Certified Supervisor
  • Utah Art Therapy Association, Founding President, Past
  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy Trained (Externship, Modules 1, 2, & 3)
  • Fogel Developmental Psychology Lab, Volunteer Research Assistant and Lab Coordinator, Mother-Infant Dyad Research (past)
  • Gina Ogden’s 4-D Wheel
  • Co-founder of the Inclusive Families Conference
  • Safe Zone Trained
  • Postpartum Support International State Co-Chair and 2-Day Perinatal Mental Health Certificate Trained

MEMBERSHIPS

  • American Art Therapy Association
  • The Association of Women in Psychology, Utah Chapter
  • LGBTQ-Affirmative Therapists Guild
  • Utah Art Therapy Association
  • Trauma Informed Care Network
  • Trauma Resiliency Coalition

EDUCATION

Pratt Institute; Brooklyn, NY
Masters of Professional Studies in Art Therapy & Creativity Development

Albion College; Albion, MI
BFA in Fine Arts & Psychology

 
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