Mary Grace Riposo, MA, LPCC
Mary received her B.A. in sociology from Emory University and her M.A. in Clinical Community Mental Health counseling from the University of Akron. She has had experience working in two community based agencies in Stark county since graduating, in addition to previous work she has done with survivors of sexual assault and providing academic and emotional support to children in metro Atlanta. She believes in a strengths-based perspective and sees counseling as a tool by which empowerment, insight, and skills can be gained to improve self, relationships, and overall quality of life. Mary has experience working in groups, with couples and with individuals and primarily utilizes Dialectical Behavior therapy and Cognitive-Behavioral therapy along with mindfulness based approaches and expressive techniques. Mary enjoys working with clients in strengthening their ability to decrease anxiety and manage depressive symptoms, and has years of experience working with survivors of trauma as well as a passion for women’s issues and relationship building skills. She has experience working with adults with ADHD, individual and couples LGBTQ concerns, issues related to body image and self-esteem and addiction. In addition, she is currently completing requisites to become a supervising counselor.
As a previously trained massage therapist she has knowledge of holistic health and wellness and incorporates these values into her counseling approach. Mary’s experiences living abroad for many years, together with her passion for personal growth and development led to her return to the United States in 2010 to pursue her goal of becoming a counselor, a role which she sees not only as a profession but as a privilege.