Every Journey Begins
with a Single Step...​​​​

Mary M. Barnes, M.A., MFT


After surviving her own harrowing adolescence, Mary dove headlong into the field of recovery in 1988. Against the odds, she turned her life around, earned her Bachelor’s degree, and became a role model for young people achieving sobriety. Mary’s success story has been featured in several addiction-related texts, as well as a documentary film, ‘Expect a Miracle: the Mary Barnes Story’.
In 1993, Mary received her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University and went on to become a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She spent ten years working in two prominent psychiatric hospitals, before venturing solely into her own private practice, where she enjoys helping others to overcome obstacles and reach their highest potential.

Mary takes a holistic approach to emotional wellness, believing the balance of mind, body, and spirit is essential. Mary strives to increase the client’s understanding and awareness of themselves, the first step in replacing old negative habits, patterns, and beliefs with more effective, adaptive, and healthy new ones.  She uses cognitive behavioral techniques and her own methods of goal attainment to set people off in a forward moving direction.

A break from the traditional urban setting, Mary’s office in the renovated carriage house is warm and inviting. Surrounded by rural beauty, the location itself promotes a peaceful feeling and lends naturally to the therapeutic process. A 4-legged crew serves as greeting committee, and the animals themselves may be incorporated into treatment, using Animal Assisted Therapy when indicated.

Mary has done extensive research in the areas of addictive disorders, adoption issues, and more recently, the expanding field of neuroscience. Other special interests include fertility issues, embryo adoption, and multiples consulting.

Mary still enjoys sharing her story of hope and inspiration to groups, organizations, and schools. She is available for motivational workshops, speaking engagements, and is accepting highly motivated individuals in her part time practice.