Mary Beth Garvey, LMSW, Family Therapist
children • adolescents • adults
Why I Do What I Do
My undergraduate education at The American University, and initial work experience in political settings, was rooted in the idea of affecting change, which evolved into a desire to facilitate change on a more individual basis. I pursued a Masters in Social Work at The Catholic University and post graduate training with The Family Therapy Practice Center in Washington, DC, which reinforced the competency based focus that still guides my practice today.
I am fortunate to work in a profession that allows me to work so intimately with others. It provides the opportunity to see the best in people, often during very difficult times. It is a privilege to be trusted with peoples' stories, thoughts and experiences and it constantly reinforces my faith in people's grace, wisdom and capacity for change.
Welcome to My Practice
Making the decision to begin therapy is an important step in facilitating greater satisfaction in your life, relationships and sense of well being.
The therapy process can help us to understand ourselves better, examine how we show up in the world, and navigate challenges more smoothly. Good therapy explores how we define ourselves. It invites us to think about what strengths and competencies serve us and what behaviors or ideas about ourselves may no longer helpful or accurate. Therapy offers an opportunity to be still, reflect and become more clear about how our experiences, and the stories we tell ourselves about them, shape us.
For the past 25 years I've worked with children, adolescents and adults using a competency based approach that focuses on the unique strengths of individual and families. Working with clients to gain a sense of mastery over what is challenging, I operate from the assumption that each of us is resilient, has inherent strengths and wisdom, and the capacity to choose how we want to respond to our experiences and the world around us. In our work, I hope to help foster your intellectual and emotional curiosity so that you achieve a greater self awareness and a better understanding about behaviors and thoughts that facilitate personal growth and enhance your life satisfaction.
Individual therapy can help us to understand ourselves better, examine how we show up in the world, and navigate challenges more smoothly. Good therapy explores how we define ourselves. It invites us to think critically about what strengths and competencies serve us and what behaviors or ideas about ourselves are no longer helpful or accurate. Individual therapy offers an opportunity to become more clear about how our experiences, and the stories we tell ourselves about them, shape us.
Couples therapy involves talking through relationship challenges as a couple with the goal of enhancing communication, intimacy, and respect. Couples learn to replace negative conflict patterns with positive interactions and deepen emotional connections through shared goals, addressing barriers to affection and communication, and creating a heightened sense of empathy and understanding within the the relationship.
Family therapy seeks to reduce distress by improving interactions between family members and offers a strength based perspective that views problems as systemic patterns that need adjusting, rather than residing in an individual. Family therapy can foster cohesion and communication among family members, promote problem solving through understanding of family dynamics, build empathy, help develop and maintain healthy boundaries, and reduce family conflict.
Areas of Expertise
Trauma & PTSD
Grief & Loss
Pyschoeducation & Presentations
Teletherapy can be used as an accessible therapy platform when meeting in person is not viable or not available.