Mary Lou Staples, LICSW- Chestnut Hill Counseling Associates

About Mary Lou Staples, LICSW- Chestnut Hill Counseling Associates

“Psychotherapy is a process for healing built on a relationship of trust, rapport and collaboration. Grounded in dialogue, it provides a supportive environment to talk openly. Awareness and acceptance are the first steps needed for healing and change. Self-exploration leads to insight and insight leads to the ability to make better choices. The goal is to live mindfully and intentionally. To become to your own unique possibilities.”
Clinical Perspective:
Psychotherapy is a process focused on helping you heal and learn more constructive ways to deal with the problems and issues within your life. It can be a supportive process when going through a difficult period, like going through a divorce or starting a new career. Generally psychotherapy is recommended whenever a person is grappling with a life, relationship or work issue. Some of you are grappling with a specific mental health concern. It is advisable to get professional help when the pain in your life is causing a great deal of pain or is lasting more than a few days.
My original training was in psychodynamic therapy. This is an understanding about how we develop into ourselves through early, important relationships. This is a core understanding for my work as a psychotherapist is that we can be both injured and healed by relationships. My training in family, or systems, therapy has reinforced my understanding of the importance of relationships and our sense of self. We are on a quest, seeking meaning and significance in our lives. Working with group therapy has inspired me on the healing power of people working together in a safe, supportive environment. The earnest exchanges I have witnessed in groups have been humbling and enlightening. While it is important to have ongoing training with my peers and other professionals, most of all my training comes from the individuals that I have worked with over the years. I have learned to listen openly and trust.
Bachelors of Arts in Psychology – University of New Hampshire.
Masters of Arts in Counseling – University of New Hampshire.
Certificate – Portsmouth Institute of Psychotherapies
Trainings in Dialectal Behavioral Therapy, EMDR
Licensed as a Mental Health Counselor – NH
“During my twenty years of experience as a psychologist, I have had the privilege of sharing in the personal journeys of many people; adults, adolesents, and children. I remain impressed with the strength, courage and resilience each individual possesses and can call upon. Whether depression, anxiety, losses, life stressors or other issues present themselves, it is my privilege to be a part of the healing and growing process of psychotherapy. My practice is informed by the use of mindfulness and mindfulness meditation.”
Training & Professional Experience:
Private practice in Portsmouth and Somersworth NH for fourteen years.
Psychotherapist and Emergency Services Clinician with Carroll County Mental Health Center in Wolfeboro, NH. Seacoast Mental Health Center in Portsmouth and Exeter. NH as an Emergency Services clinician;Riverbend Community Mental Health Center in Concord, NH. Started as and Emergency Services Clinician and then as an outpatient psychotherapist.
Special Training
Intensive and ongoing trainings in DBT, EMDR, Trauma and Anxiety Management and Cognitive Behavioral Therapies.

Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • EMDR
  • Locations

    Chestnut Hill Counseling Associates – Dover

    16 Fifth Street
    Dover, New Hampshire 03820

    Insurance

    • Anthem
    • Cigna
    • Harvard Pilgrim
    • Tufts
    • United Behavioral Health/Optum
    • US Family