Mary Sarkis, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
What is a Marriage and Family Therapist? An MFT is a psychotherapist who treats people with all kinds of emotional pain, relational struggles or mental health conditions, but specializes in RELATIONSHIPS. . I specialize in treating all kinds of relationships: couples, parent-child, adolescents and their families, teens and young adults who are struggling in their relationships or because of their relationships with parents, peers, or partners. I also treat individuals in the context of their relationships, believing that if dysfunctional relationships get healthier, the person will get better. I also believe that a person’s relationship with their Higher Power can be a great source of strength and hope. At the same time, unresolved trauma and negative thoughts can distort our vision of ourselves, others and even our Higher Power, leaving us in a dark place. Therapy is a journey out of darkness and into light. I look forward to being your compassionate companion on that journey.
I have practiced as a therapist in Glendora for the last 18 years. I’m really good with containing teen angst, improving the relationship between parents and teens, strained family relationships, parents’ marital problems that affect children and teens, and dealing with the effects of mental and physical Illness on the family.
I have worked closely with many psychiatrists in my practice and outside over the years and have developed expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness, like anxiety, depression, social anxiety and Bipolar (whether this affects the client or a family member).
While I draw from various modalities and treatment approaches, I consider myself primarily an attachment therapist, who works on healing attachment wounds and strengthening or restoring attachment bonds, helping my clients experience healthier and more satisfying connections.
When not seeing clients, I am a public speaker, involved in community service, and lead groups for women and youth.
My practice in Glendora was entirely in-office up until March 2020, when it moved online to adapt to clients needs during the pandemic.. Office visits can be arranged when the therapeutic need arises.
Specialties & Clinical Interests
- Alcohol Or Drug Use/Addictions
- Alzheimer's & Dementia
- Bipolar & Other Mood Disorders
- Chronic Illness
- Divorce & Separation
- Domestic Abuse/Violence
- Family Conflict
- Fertility, Pregnancy & Postpartum
- Grief & Loss
- Internet/Social Media Addiction
- Men's Issues
- Mental Health Professionals
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Oppositional/Defiant Behavior
- Parenting & Parent-Child Relationships
- Pre-Marital & Marital Issues
- School Performance
- Sexual Identity
- Stress/Stress Management
- Suicide Loss
- Women's Issues
- Attachment-Based Therapies
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Trauma-Informed Therapy
- 12-Step Programs
- People With Disabilities
- Trauma Survivors
Faith Based Specialties