Mary Ann Sokolowski, Licensed Professional Counselor- Mental Health Service Provider
My career in mental health began over 16 years ago when I began as a volunteer at a local crisis and suicide line while attending the College of Charleston at a ripe ole age of 18…. (normal, right??), eventually going on staff and spending 5 years working with those in crisis and experiencing thoughts of suicide. I quickly realized my passion in life was forever counseling while in a (brief) career in pharmaceutical sales I found myself volunteering to do the overnight shifts at the crisis hotline (I just couldn't get away) and then going into "work".....
Along individual and couples, group and family counseling, I have post masters experience in crisis and suicide prevention in the Nashville area, working with those that have suicide thoughts, and are grieving a loss due to suicide or self harming behaviors. In this experience I was able to facilitate a government grant from SAMHSA providing services for individuals following hospitalization for suicidal thoughts or a suicide attempt in the Nashville area.
Trained in disorders across the board, my specialties and areas of interest are with those who are going through a life transition, young adults (20's/college student), bi-polar disorder, parenting (I have 3 myself), grief, shame, perfectionism, depression, anxiety, attachment, end of life issues including care giving and dementias/Alzheimer's disease, and those who are dealing with life impacted by suicidal thoughts, loss and/ or self harm. In addition, through not only professional, but my own experience with adoption, I have found a great interest in adoption work, attachment, and family systems.
In my off time I enjoy spending time with my husband (we have a spicy family) and kids (whom we refer to as the triples (Irish Triplets), doing home remodeling projects, gardening, cooking (not baking… baking is far to precise for me), various types of working out (when time permits), reading (although at this phase in life it is rarely pleasure reading-let's be honest), and simply being outside.
I proudly serve as the President of the Board at Richmont Graduate University, educating counselors as they begin their training and careers to serve.
Attachment focused EMDR
ARC model of Attachment
Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Emotion Focused Therapy
ASIST Suicide Prevention
Dialectic Behavior Therapy
Circle of Security Parenting and Attachment
Internal Family Systems
Education and Credentials
Bachelors of Arts in Biology College of Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina
Masters in Mental Health Counseling Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Licensed Professional Counselor, Mental Health Service Provider
LPC-MHSP License #3217 State of Tennessee