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Mary C. Stanley, ACMHC, ATR-BC, ATCS

Clinical Director, Art Therapist
SPECIALITY

Transitions, Depression/Anxiety, Trauma, Sex & Intimacy, Faith Crisis, Parenting, Disordered Eating & Body Image, Self Esteem/Concept, Self Harm Behaviors, Adolescents, Children, Couples, Families, Pregnancy & Postpartum Mood, LGBTQ, Gender, and Professional Identity

EDUCATION

Pratt Institute; Brooklyn, NY
Masters of Professional Studies in Art Therapy & Creativity Development
Albion College; Albion, MI

BFA in Fine Arts & Psychology

ACCEPTED INSURANCES

EMI

Blue Cross/Blue Shield

Select Health

ABOUT MARY C. STANLEY, ACMHC, ATR-BC, ATCS

I love to make sense of the mess, no matter how big or small. I am trained as an Art Therapist and, in addition, I practice as a mental health counselor. If you are coming to me as an individual, as a couple, or as a family, I view the therapeutic process as an opportunity to learn to play and gain mastery over ideas and experiences that have previously been intimidating or more. Because of my own personal experience navigating life’s messiness, I’m privileged to be a witness and support to individuals who are working on creating meaning in difficult circumstances. Clients often remark on being surprised at the satisfaction they gain from exploring their conundrums through the modality of art. I also work collaboratively with other clinicians to support the work they are doing with their clients through short-term art therapy to facilitate “unsticking.”

My theoretical framework for understanding you and your experiences is heavily grounded in attachment and object relations theories with an understanding of the current research about the brain and the creative process. I come from a place of non-judgement, the assumption that you are inherently valuable, and empathy. I consider that you are not a diagnosis but the symptoms (distressing behaviors, patterns, and feelings) you are experiencing are a result of experience(s) of feeling disconnected somehow and your desire to survive. Maybe those symptoms once helped you to survive for a short time and now you would like to find a different way that could be more effective for your long-term health and well-being. We can explore these things safely using both verbal and experiential practices.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES, MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS

American Art Therapy Association Ambassador and Conference Submission Reviewer
Nationally Registered and Board Certified Art Therapist and Art Therapy Certified Supervisor
Utah Art Therapy Association, Founding President, Past
Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy Trained (Externship, Modules 1, 2, & 3)
Fogel Developmental Psychology Lab, Volunteer Research Assistant and Lab Coordinator, Mother-Infant Dyad Research (past)
Gina Ogden’s 4-D Wheel
Co-founder of the Inclusive Families Conference
Safe Zone Trained
Postpartum Support International State Co-Chair and 2-Day Perinatal Mental Health Certificate Trained

MEMBERSHIPS

American Art Therapy Association

The Association of Women in Psychology, Utah Chapter
LGBTQ-Affirmative Therapists Guild
Utah Art Therapy Association
Trauma Informed Care Network
Trauma Resiliency Coalition

PROFESSIONAL COMMUNITY PRESENTATIONS

Mary enjoys speaking on the power of art as a tool for therapy, transformation, and community action as well as the use of art therapy with specific populations. She has presented locally and nationally, including for the Critical Issues in Child & Adolescent Mental Health & Substance Abuse Conference, The American Art Therapy Association’s Annual Conference, The Utah Recreation Therapy Association, and the Association for Women in Psychology.