Mary Ward PhD, MA, LMHCA
License & Certifications
- Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate
- Certified Youth Yoga and Mindfulness
- Toddlers (2-3)
- Children (ages 3-11)
- Tweens (ages 11-14)
- Adolescents (ages 15-18)
- Anxiety and OCD
- Body Image & Self Esteem
- Depression and Mood Disorders
- Children and Adolescents
Dr. Ward earned a PhD in Education, Cultural Studies and Social Thought Cognate: Early Childhood Education from Washington State University in 2019. She also earned a masters degree in School Counseling & Community Counseling in 2009, and a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Gonzaga University. She is licensed in the State of Washington as a Mental Health Counselor Associate (MC61438197) under the supervision of Leah Parker MS, LMHC.
Dr. Ward uses a person-centered, humanistic theory while oriented towards practices that recognize the whole person. She believes everyone has the capacity for change when they are in a supportive and explorative environment where they learn skills for nervous system regulation, recognition of emotions and needs, healthy coping skills, a strong sense of identity, and empathic communication.
A Message from Mary
I understand that finding a therapist for yourself or your child can be overwhelming in an already stressful time. I’m so glad you’re here! As a therapist, it is my main goal to provide a safe space for kids, teens, and young adults to practice coping skills, self-connection, expression of identity, self-reflection, and emotional regulation. My approach to therapy is person-centered and inclusive with an emphasis on engaging the whole person in the therapeutic process. I prioritize building genuine connection with clients through authenticity, care, and humor as we work collaboratively to build new skills.
I believe all people, no matter the age, can practice recognizing and communicating their needs once we find the right tools. Using creative methods like play and art therapy; somatic practices like mindfulness and movement; and cognitive-behavioral strategies, we will work together to meet your goals and support your growth. The change that will happen through this process will feel and look a lot like calm and confidence as we continue to practice skills for nervous system regulation and balance that will transfer to all areas of life. I am interested in working with kids, teens, and young adults who experience challenges with things like anxiety, depression, OCD, gender identity, body image, peer relationships, school issues, and trauma. I look forward to creating this space for healing and growth with you.