About Mary Jo McHaney

Mary Jo McHaney is dually licensed both as a Marriage and Family Therapist as well as a Mental Health Counselor. She is a Certified EMDR Therapist, as well as an EMDR Consultant in Training. In addition, she is a certified parent educator for the Beyond Consequences Institute. She is a Florida Board approved Clinical Supervisor for Registered Interns, and she is also certified through the State of Florida as an Adoptions Competent Counselor. She graduated from Florida State University with an undergraduate degree in Psychology and she obtained her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. With over twenty-five years of clinical experience, Mary Jo has worked in a variety of settings, from agencies, schools, medical centers, and ultimately private practice.

Mary Jo specializes in working with trauma, Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD), grief, adoption, couples, families, children adolescence, anxiety, and depression. She has received extensive training in the use of Eye Movement Desensitization, and Reprocessing (EMDR), and utilizes it, when clinically appropriate, to facilitate rapid healing. She also embraces the Stress Model developed by the Post Institute when working with Attachment issues. The Stress Model is a “love based” intervention that strongly incorporates the family in facilitating the healing of the attached challenged child.

Mary Jo has conducted numerous seminars and training programs. Specifically, she has provided parent-training classes focusing on children and teens for over twenty-five years. In addition she has consulted with Florida Department of Law Enforcement teaching school resources officers on the topic of teen suicide. She has consulted with schools and PTA’s regarding solution focused teaching strategies, positive parenting, and dealing with trauma. She has also consulted in the area of personality temperament and legacy planning. Mary Jo provides marital enrichment seminars for local area churches and communities.

Treatment Philosophy:

I truly believe that God created us in his image, and that the core of that image is love. We were created to love and to be loved. When trauma come into play we learn to fear, and I believe fear is the base of most of what troubles us.

Therapy doesn’t just involve the person(s) sitting with me in my office, but it involves the entire system of influence. Our perceptions, beliefs, and attitudes are formed by our first families and by our life experiences. We bring all that to the table when we seek healing for ourselves or loved ones. So we must be willing to examine our “unfinished business”, and see how that may shape the lens with which we view our experiences and our decision-making. Individuals must be willing to look at how they learned their world view; couples must be willing to look at how they learned to be a couple; parents must be willing to examine their parenting paradigm, and all must be willing to step out of their comfort zone and into a place of exploration and growth. Sometimes the therapeutic journey is difficult and challenging, but ultimately it is worth the ride!

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