Mary Beth Garvey, LMSW, Family Therapist
children • adolescents • adults
Welcome to My Practice
Making the decision to begin therapy is an important step in fostering greater satisfaction in your life, relationships and sense of well being.
For the past 30 years I've worked with children, adolescents and adults using a competency based approach that focuses on the unique strengths of individuals 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 respond to our experiences and the world around us. In our work, I hope to help foster your intellectual and emotional curiosity, 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 and 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 work 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 relationship.
Family therapy seeks to reduce distress by improving interactions between family members. It 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.