About Mary Jo McHaney

Mary Jo McHaney is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Mental Health Counselor and Certified Addictions Professional. She is also a Certified EMDR Therapist, EMDRIA approved Consultant, as well as a HAP training Facilitator. She is a Florida Board Approved Clinical Supervisor for Registered Interns. She is also certified through the State of Florida as an Adoptions Competent Counselor. She also sits on the Board of Directors for Federation of Families of Central Florida, which is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the education, advocacy and empowerment of families of children with mental health challenges.

She graduated from Florida State University with an undergraduate degree in Psychology and she obtained her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. With over thirty years of clinical experience, Mary Jo has worked in a variety of settings, from agencies, schools, medical centers, and ultimately private practice.

Mary Jo has conducted numerous seminars and training programs. Specifically, she has provided parent-training classes focusing children and teens for over thirty years. She provides local and state wide trainings for families and professionals on trauma’s impact on the developing brain. Mary Jo specializes in working with people of all ages who have suffered through any form of trauma. She also specializes in life transitions, attachment issues, adoption issues, family issues, as well as performance enhancement.

Treatment Philosophy:

I truly believe that God created us in his image, and that the core of that image is love. We were created to love and to be loved. When trauma come into play we learn to fear, and I believe fear is the base of most of what troubles us.

Therapy doesn’t just involve the person(s) sitting with me in my office, but it involves the entire system of influence. Our perceptions, beliefs, and attitudes are formed by our first families and by our life experiences. We bring all that to the table when we seek healing for ourselves or loved ones. So we must be willing to examine our “unfinished business”, and see how that may shape the lens with which we view our experiences and our decision-making. Individuals must be willing to look at how they learned their world view; couples must be willing to look at how they learned to be a couple; parents must be willing to examine their parenting paradigm, and all must be willing to step out of their comfort zone and into a place of exploration and growth. Sometimes the therapeutic journey is difficult and challenging, but ultimately it is worth the ride!

Contact information:

Phone: (407) 443-3497

Email: mjmchaneylmft@gmail.com

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