Mary Alton, MA, LPCC
Trained in Adlerian therapy, I use a holistic approach to understanding the client and recognize that each individual comes in with their own perspective from mind, body, and psyche (their soul). I believe that collaborative approach is the core to see lasting change. In our therapeutic partnership, I will provide a safe space for clients to explore their core beliefs and help them to make lasting change that promote positive and heathy sense of self and their world.
I enjoy working with adolescents and adults and specialize in Adlerian therapy, trauma, domestic abuse, court ordered therapy, attachment styles, anxiety, depression, and life transitions. I have experience helping clients process life transitions from high school to college and have facilitated domestic abuse programs exploring unhealthy patterns of communication, life transitions and trauma stewardship care for teachers and school staff during the pandemic, ambiguous loss and attachment styles based on past experience. I enjoy working with individuals who are court ordered to therapy after domestic abuse incidents to help address challenges with communication, self-compassion, and an understanding of the “why” behind the behavior. I have a passion for group therapy so that clients can find that they are not alone in their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. I believe each client in group has something to add to the lives of others and myself as we learn to grow in collaboration, communication, empathy, and compassion.
I hold a Master of Arts in Adlerian Studies from Adler Graduate in Minnetonka and am a Licensed Clinical Counselor in Minnesota and have have achieved the goal of becoming a Licensed Clinical Supervisor. My approach to counseling has its roots in Alfred Alder as well as providing an eclectic approach to helping each person. I have been trained in Ploy Vagal System Theory Deb Dana which is like EMDR and works with our body’s cues, sensations and impulses to help heal trauma. Permanency and Placement Counseling (PACC) from the University of Minnesota for adoption issues, and have a special interest in nutrition, exercise, and spirituality as ways to manage mental health symptoms. I use a person-centered approach so that the persons values and beliefs are integrated throughout the therapy process.