Mary L. Watson, MS, LCPC, LMFT, NCC is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist at Life Management Associates, LLC. Mary provides individual, family, couples, and group therapy for children (age 3 and older), adolescents, and adults at LMA's Butte and Whitehall locations. She has training and expertise in a broad range of areas, including attachment, trauma, abuse, family of origin issues, foster care and adoption, parenting, childhood disorders, depression and other mood disorders, autistic spectrum disorder, and couples/relationship issues.
A 2006 graduate of Montana State University, Bozeman, MT, Mary earned her Master of Science Degree in Marriage and Family Counseling, from this university's Health and Human Services Department. She obtained her license as a Clinical Professional Counselor from the Montana State Board of Social Workers and Professional Counselors on September 16, 2008. At the same time, she became credentialed as a National Certified Counselor through the National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc. (NBCC). On August 22, 2011, Mary received her license as a Marriage and Family Therapist from the Montana State Board of Social Workers and Professional Counselors.
Mary's primary areas of interest have always been focused on children, families, and individuals with special needs. Prior to pursuing her career in counseling, Mary completed course work in Elementary and Special Education and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Slippery Rock State College in Pennsylvania. She has had over 30 years of employment experience in assisting children and families, as well as individuals with disabilities in bettering their lives. As a therapist, Mary has worked in a residential treatment program, a school-based counseling program, and has been treating clients in an out-patient private practice setting since 2006, initially with Compass Professional Services LLC and now with Life Management Associates, LLC.
Mary utilizes the following theories and therapeutic approaches: Bowen's Family System's Theory, Attachment Theory, including Dyadic Development Psychotherapy and Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, Rogerian Person-Centered Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Crisis Intervention, and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Mary has pursued continuing education in the areas of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Treatment of At-Risk Families, Traumatic Brain Injury, Structural Family Therapy, Detection of Child Abuse, Treatment of PTSD in the Military, Family Dynamics System Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Art Therapy, Treatment of Angry and Aggressive Children, Critical Incident Stress Management: Group Crisis Intervention, and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome/Fetal Alcohol Effects. Additionally, Mary received training in treating Attachment Disorder through Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy by Daniel A. Hughes, Ph.D.