Mary Schultz, MMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (CA) LMFT 110506

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MI) 4101007241

“When things are shaky and nothing is working, we might realize that we are on the verge of something.” ~ Pema Chödrön

Let’s begin together.

As a therapist, I take a collaborative, relational approach.  I believe the client is the expert on their life and experience, and my role is to support them in movement towards the life they want to live. Whether our work is self-development and exploration, navigating relationship challenges, processing hardships, or unpacking reoccurring patterns, I am eager to support the desire to move forward and provide helpful tools and strategies along the way. I use humor, curiosity, self-compassion, and self-disclosure to cultivate a safe and connecting space. Psychoeducation on emotional regulation, mindfulness, distress tolerance skills, and effective communication from a dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) lens are incorporated throughout my practice. I value building an awareness of the brain-body connection in order to support emotional regulation and attunement to one’s individual needs. Mindfulness, movement, and breath work are used to facilitate this process.

Moving through the therapeutic process with clients, I believe it is imperative to honor the intersection of my clients’ identities and explore the impact that societal messages, both oppressive and supportive, have had on each person. Highlighting external forces and identifying systemic invalidation are helpful in order to decrease self-blame, confusion, and internalized negative messages – and to grow a sense of personal power, acceptance, and love. As a queer female therapist, I practice from an anti-racist, LGBTQIA+ affirming, and feminist approach.

I specialize in working with mood disorders, anxiety, emotion dysregulation, suicide and self-harming behaviors, self-criticism, identity development, LGBTQIA+ individuals, and parent coaching. Approaches I integrate into my practice include Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Feminist Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Narrative Therapy, self-compassion, and mindfulness.

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a Master’s degree from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor’s degree in both Psychology and Gender and Women Studies from Western Michigan University. Lastly, I have advanced training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy.