Welcome to my website.
I provide a warm and non-judgmental environment to create an atmosphere of trust, curiosity, and self-exploration for adults. Clients that I see often are looking for a greater depth of meaning in their lives. They are seeking to understand themselves, their families, and their ancestors to ultimately be the one that puts an end to the self-harming beliefs and values that create lovelessness.
I find that going with clients to the darkest depths of fear is where lies the clarity, love, and hope we are looking for to create change. I am alongside you as you walk your own path to re-claim your story and hold it all, even the dark parts, in love. I bring creativity, spontaneity, and a gentle presence to help facilitate revelations of your deepest fears, desires, and strengths.
I support BIPOC and gender non-conforming communities. I have made a lifelong commitment to my anti-racism and anti-sexism work. This means I acknowledge I have implicit racial, sexual and gender biases and I am committed to the messy, uncomfortable work of unlearning and changing these biased beliefs. This is ongoing work.
During COVID-19 I left my beloved home in Brooklyn to Washington, DC. DC was my first home away from home and provides balance, community, and a lot of love. I continue to offer online therapy to New York residents and now, Virginia residents.
“When healing trauma, it is crucial to give attention to both body and mind; you can't have one without the other.”
- Babette Rothschild, The Body Remembers
— Name, Title
Mary McGregor, LCSW
Dedicated to service, justice, and living a creative, contemplative, full, heart-led life with ease and flow.
I am from a working class family in the rustbelt Midwest. I have a unique perspective on the light and shadow of a religious upbringing. I have since been able to reclaim my spirituality in a way that feels less rigid and more spacious, open, and loving. We are worthy just as we are. Love is always there for us and will meet us where we are at. Love and worthiness are not conditional. I believe that humans have an innate ability to heal and have incorporated modern science with old wisdom traditions to aid the transformation process.
I care about service. I spent many years responding to survivors of all forms of violence. I developed compassion fatigue and my own vicarious trauma symptoms.
I am a mother. In the parenting journey, I have discovered the opportunity to grow with my daughter. She is my teacher as I watch her unfold into her full personhood.
I met my husband at an open mic night. I played Radiohead, Sufjan Stevens, and Neil Young on guitar & sang - we were smitten. We married a year later. We have been married for 12 years & welcomed a baby in August 2018. Love in relationship is an ongoing practice cultivated through awareness, direct communication, and caring for ourselves as we also care for our partners.
I am a forever student.
This therapeutic approach is a form of depth psychology that encourages one to explore their interpretations of mental and emotional processes in order to gain insight that will alleviate tension and conflict. The positive therapeutic relationship is essential to facilitate this process.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is a highly effective technique rooted in treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. I use this technique more broadly to treat any present-day “re-living” or repeating emotions, behaviors, thoughts/beliefs, or somatic experiences.
Mind body spirit awareness
I use awareness into body tensions, releases and what thoughts are tied to them in order to gain insight into one's conditioning. Connection or disconnection to our sense of spirit, whatever that is for someone, are all connected. Connection to spirit can be essential to nurture the body and mind. Spirit grounds the work and can expand the central nervous system's zone of tolerance to engage difficult material.
Archetypes are simply characters in the human narrative. We see these characters across culture, language, religion, and geography. Archetypes, hugely investigated by Carl Jung, reveal a collective conscious. By looking to the collective or external, we can gain insight about our internal world.
I blend archetypal meaning with Internal Family Systems (IFS) interventions.
Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing
The Brain & PTSD or Chronic Stress
Compassion-Fatigue in the helping fields.