Experience: Staff Nurse Washington Hospital Center Alcohol Detox Unit Staff Nurse Washington Psychiatric Institute Adolescent Unit Associate Professor University of Maryland Undergraduate School of Nursing Nurse Psychotherapist Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center Geriatric and Neuropsychiatry (current) Independent Counselor associated with Ephesians Life Ministry counseling individuals, marriage and families with issues of addictions, depression, anxiety disorders, Bipolar Disorders, PTSD.
Philosophy: "As a Christian nurse and psychotherapist I view psychotherapy as a "time out", a safe place to reflect, explore, heal and learn new understandings and behaviors most of all the understanding of God's place in our lives and His will that we be whole. New methods of thinking and coping blesses us with increased resourcefulness, freedom and confidence enabling more secure relationships. New spiritual awakenings open us to the knowledge that we can face what life brings us because, with His grace, we know that we are not alone."
Mary Jo has trained in Neurofeedback therapy, and where appropriate, has added it to her counselling services.
Neurofeedback is a powerful tool which deals with the physical "brain driven" component of behaviors wherein the brain changes itself in response to feedback. Whatever the cause (injury, illness, trauma, heredity) behaviors patterns continue where an individual seems "stuck". Neurofeedback can be helpful in assisting the brain to reorganize thereby relieving symptoms of PTSD, OCD, autistic spectrum disorder, TBI, reactive attachment disorder, addictions, and, other anxiety related disorders.