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About drmary2003

I am a psychologist in Winter Park, FL. I come from an education background with a specialist degree in School Psychology plus a PhD in Human and Organizational Development. I love the social/cultural sides of psychology. My private practice is based on principles of positive psychology and "horse sense." I specialize in trichotillomania (hair pulling), skin picking, victims of bullies, anxiety and depression. As a school psychologist I am qualified to give all psychoeducational tests. I help students, parents, and teachers with learning differences, accommodation for college board tests, neuropsychological testing, ADHD, and do evaluations for giftedness. After testing I consult with parents and teachers to help optimize classroom performance. Throughout the school year, I monitor the progress of all students I have evaluated. I have a broadly based practice drawing on multiple streams of knowledge and interest. I bring my voracious appetite for books, my interest in herbs and gardens, my music minor in college, my storytelling classes, my yoga experience and love of movies to make my counseling individual and creative.

Has Your Habit Become Your Addiction?

You have probably taken those addiction tests – we tend to label everything from shopping to sex to time online as an addiction.  On the downside, the addiction model takes personal responsibility away from the individual and puts the problem … Continue reading

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What Opportunities does Summer bring?

Dear Parent, Summer is a perfect opportunity to do some of the academic work you have been putting off due to your busy schedules.  You want next year to be the year you are managing an independent learner, happy in … Continue reading

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Speaking of Shame: Eating Disorders

February 22-28th was Eating Disorder Awareness Week.  Eating disorders are yet another Body-Focused Repetitive Disorder, different from hair pulling, cutting and skin picking, and yet somehow the same.  In my opinion, eating disorders also belong under the shame umbrella.  They … Continue reading

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STARTING TO STOP Part 2: Body-Focused Repetitive Disorders

The first thing to do is make an appointment for a physical.  You want to be certain that there is nothing going to hold you back.  You need energy and vitality to put towards your recovery.  Don’t let low blood … Continue reading

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STARTING TO STOP: Body-Focused Repetitive Disorders (BFRD)

“A journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step.” Lao Tzu Your habit has become a problem for you.  So far you have been successful at concealment, but it is getting more and more difficult to hide.  You have … Continue reading

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Under the Hurt Umbrella: Shame and Body-Focused Repetitive Disorders

In my work with clients who deal with Body-Focused Repetitive Disorders (BFRDs) I have gradually become convinced that in many individuals shame drives the behavior.  BFRDs manifest in compulsive pulling of one’s hair (Trichotillomania), picking at skin and scabs (Excoriation), … Continue reading

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Cogmed Story: Jason Follows Through (Final Session)

You remember Jason the 26 year old young man who hope to return to college.  He participated in Cogmed for Adults and his results are startling!  It has been awhile since he finished and we had our follow-up final session. … Continue reading

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