Mary Beth Garvey, LMSW
Welcome To My Practice
I am a licensed master social worker with more than 25 years experience working with children, adolescents and adults. My undergraduate education at The American University, and initial work experience in various 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 instilled a competency based treatment approach that focuses on the inherent strengths of individuals and families.
Working collaboratively with you to gain a sense of mastery over what is causing you difficulty, I operate from the assumption that you are resilient, have unique strengths and wisdom, and the capacity to choose how you want to respond to your experiences and the world around you. 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.
Why I Do What I Do
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.
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 be still, reflect and 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 the individual. Family therapy can foster cohesion and communication among family members, promote problem solving through understanding of family dynamics, build empathy and understanding, 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.