Mary Saenz, Ms., LMHCA
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My promise is to provide a neutral safe space; I will show up authentically, be fully present, listen, and walk alongside you on your journey to wellness. I believe that the potential and desire to grow lies in each of us, and by identifying and building on YOUR STRENGTHS, you will be able to move forward past your obstacles and toward your goals. Each client comes to counseling with a unique personality, different issues, distinctive learning styles, and personal experiences. It is my job to guide you in a modality of therapy that exemplifies who you are and get you started on a path to health.
I have been a resident of Whatcom County my entire life. I met and married my husband of 33 years here and have raised three wonderful sons in this community. I enjoy nature, gardening, art, and spending time with my family.
I earned my Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Walden University in February of 2020. Upon graduation, I started working in a community clinic setting while getting my private practice up and running, which I began in July 2020. In May of 2021, I left the clinic to work full-time in private practice.
Before starting my job as a clinical mental health counselor, I worked for 15 years in an academic/social setting with children and adolescents diagnosed with cognitive, emotional, and behavioral issues. In 2016 I volunteered in the community with first responders as a support officer with Community Crisis Care.
My theoretical approach to counseling focuses on CBT, Attachment, and Adlerian theories. I also think that mental health requires a holistic approach. A holistic approach includes social, emotional, spiritual, medical, and behavioral factors. This comprehensive approach to wellness can lead to more positive outcomes in treatment. I believe that the counseling approach should fit not only the counselor but also the client’s needs.
Having Grace for yourself and others means having the ability to understand that imperfection exists in you and around you. It provides a way for you to show up authentically as yourself and be comfortable with and accept who you are. It is the process of loving yourself, and in return, it gives you the ability to love others and achieve happiness.
Specialties & Clinical Interests
- Anger Issues
- Body Image
- Chronic Illness
- Developmental & Intellectual Disorders
- Divorce & Separation
- Domestic Abuse/Violence
- Eating Disorders
- Family Conflict
- Grief & Loss
- Parenting & Parent-Child Relationships
- Pre-Marital & Marital Issues
- Stress/Stress Management
- Suicide Loss
- Women's Issues
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Faith Based Specialties