Biography

 

Mary-Jo specializes in supporting and enhancing attachment in children, bonding in parents and resolution of early losses, trauma and neglect in children. In her work with parents, adoptive parents, foster parents and their children, she uses Dyadic Developmental Therapy, Child and Family Play Therapy and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. Mary-Jo provides training and consultation in developmental trauma and refugee trauma. An on-going and exciting project is When We Are Very Young, a video podcast series on attachment, trauma and parenting.

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  • Registered Psychotherapist (#001782) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario
  • Provider for First Nations, Metis and Inuit under  the Non-Insured Health Benefits program
  • Trained in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapist (2010) link
  • Certified Child  Play Therapist (1999) link
  • Certified Level 1 Sensorimotor Psychotherapist (2011) link
  • Certified Expert Witness in Child Psychotherapy, Attachment, Treatment of Attachment Disorders, Child Trauma, and Treatment of Child Trauma

Mary-Jo is in private practice in Southern Ontario, Canada, serving Toronto and South-western Ontario. Most services are provided in-home.

Mary-Jo is currently a trainer for the Adoption Council of Ontario in the Permanency and Adoption Competency Program.

Mary-Jo is past-president of the Association for Treatment and Training in the Attachment of Children, Minneapolis MN. link

Mary-Jo is a Director of Adopt4Life and is Chair of the Mental Health Committee.

Mary-Jo has worked on behalf of the children of Afghanistan creating a school-based curriculum to resolve war trauma and teach peace skills. link 

Currently, Mary-Jo is a consultant with Turquoise Mountain UK working in Jordan with Syrian Refugees preserving cultural heritage through story-book creation. See  turquoisemountain.org


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Hons. B.A. Psychology, with distinction, Neuroscience and Behaviour, McMaster University.
Recipient of the J.E.L. Graham Award given on the basis of scholarship to the most outstanding part-time graduate, 2009.

Personal

Mary-Jo and her husband Kevin share many wonderful experiences together including raising five children (one adopted) and 20 years of foster parenting. They worked together on Journey of Peace storybooks and in producing theatre productions of Missbegotten, a play about incest survival and BETTER, an original theatre production exploring Newcomer students’ experiences.  Mary-Jo and Kevin have four grandchildren, Benjamin, Avery,  Matthew and William who are sources of unending joy.

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