Mary Carney

LCSW

In my work with clients, I draw from a holistic and integrative approach utilizing mindfulness, somatic, cognitive/behavioral, experiential and EMDR therapy. I believe that we all naturally possess the tools and capability to heal within ourselves, and together we will strengthen your own innate resources and deepen your relationship with yourself.

I am a licensed clinical social worker and have been in the mental health field since 2015. In addition to private practice, I currently work in addiction treatment, where I provide psychotherapy to individuals with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. I specialize in working with individuals experiencing chronic pain, PTSD, grief and loss, mood disorders, anxiety, depression, difficulty with life transitions and relationships, and emotional regulation. I have experience working with teenagers and adults involved in the criminal justice system, bereavement and hospice care, developmentally disabled adults, and the severely mentally ill/ chronic homeless population in San Francisco. I have interest in working with adults, young adults and teenagers and welcome all races, sexual orientations, gender expressions, physical abilities, cultures, and spiritual orientations.

I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy; an evidenced based treatment for PTSD and unresolved traumatic experiences. Sometimes when we experience difficult experiences, they can become “struck” in our body in a way that we cannot process them properly. This can result in intensity in emotions, flashbacks, sleep deregulation, depression and anxiety, intrusive thoughts, and other maladaptive ways of functioning. EMDR works to reprocess these “stuck” experiences and move through them in a way that our brain and body can make sense of them, which allows a return to a more functional and calmer way of experiencing the world.

With difficult experiences in life, it’s common to turn to unhealthy ways of managing distress. I believe that profound healing can come through strengthening social connection and building relationships. Through our therapeutic relationship, we will work together to find better ways to help you heal.

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