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.​

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