Ms. Mary Patalano, LMFT


EMDR Certified Therapist

Online Therapy

About Me

I believe in transparency, honesty, and an open trusting relationship above all else. Since I was little I was always a helper to others, and knew I wanted to be a therapist when I saw the positive change it made in myself and others. I understand that the negative experiences and trauma we have experienced create a lasting impact that makes us who we are today! This leads me to the belief that all people are capable of becoming their best selves, and I hope to help others to achieve this by looking at their past negative experiences and trauma that hold them back. I have been actively involved in this field through volunteering or odd jobs since I graduated high school. I have worked with adults, teens, children, and families to manage their responses to events through many different modalities. I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR), a gold standard treatment to help adults, children, and teens to reprocess trauma that can lead to depression, anxiety, and other ailments. I am also certified in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, another research based therapy to help children to learn skills and create their own narrative of their trauma. On top of these types of therapies I have helped individuals and families experiencing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression, anxiety, panic disorders, family stressors, and attachment trauma. My approach to therapy begins with answering the question “what happened to you?” instead of “what’s wrong with you?” I enjoy going to the gym, taking walks on the beach, and finding new, small coffee shops to try around the neighborhood. I enjoy anime, Marvel, DC, and love going to conventions. I try to spend most of my free time with friends and family, and my ultimate goal is to own a therapy dog one day! I look forward to meeting with you and cannot wait to start this journey with you!

Education & Experience

I have a Masters in Marital and Family Therapy from the University of San Diego. I have years of experience working with children, teens, and adults in reprocessing their trauma.

Professional & Volunteer Affiliations

Seneca Family of Agencies

Specialty Area

  • Abuse/Neglect
  • ADD/ADHD/Disruptive Behavior Disorders
  • Adoption
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety/Panic Attacks
  • Attachment Disorders
  • Autism Spectrum
  • Depression
  • Domestic Violence
  • Family Issues
  • Gender Identity
  • Grief/Loss/Mourning
  • Mood Disorders
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Self-Harm
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Spirituality
  • Stress Management
  • Suicide Risk
  • Traumatic Incident

Population Served

  • Adolescents (13-17)
  • Adults
  • Children (4-12)
  • Community Mental Health Center
  • Families
  • LGBTQ+
  • Seniors
  • Veterans/Military