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About Mary



I am a  mental health social worker, psychotherapist, author, lecturer, and dream therapist who has been supporting individuals and families of the past twenty years. I have  extensive experience is loss, grief, trauma, and parenting.  I have  worked with adolescents and adults in palliative care for the last ten years.

I have worked as lead Bereavement Counsellor at several Sydney hospitals; I was Senior Counsellor at Dementia Australia and I am currently supporting families of young adults. I worked with adolescents for ten years before that, who were experiencing anxiety, depression, and life challenges. I have run workshops on consent, parenting, and communication skills.

I have lectured for the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement and been employed as a lecturer at a number of Sydney universities, lecturing in counselling and mental health.

I am passionate about supporting people to grow and thrive through loss and/or change. I believe in the capacity for the human spirit to heal.

I am trained in a number of therapeutic interventions including CBT( Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), DBT( Dialectic Behavioural Therapy) , IFS( Internal Family Systems ) , EMDR( Eye Movement Desensitisation and  Reprocessing)  , ACT( Acceptance and Commitment Therapy , Poly Vagal Therapy, Mindfulness,  and Dream therapy.

I have  recently authored a book titled. Love listens: Parenting through Loss. (due to be released February 2024)



Bachelor of Social Work

Master of Management

Grad Dip Adult Ed

Grad Cert Bereavement Counselling and other Interventions

Doctor of Ministry

Diploma of Dream Therapy

Professional memberships

AASW – Mental Health Social Worker

Medicare eligible


As an educator - I lectured in Social Work at Western Sydney University ( 1998-2003) and the Australian Catholic University              (2003-2005).

I ran a series of workshops for parents in a series called Staying Connected with your Teenage Daughter (2011-2015).  2021 - Consent Workshop for Parents.

I have educated health professionals in loss, grief and bereavement at a number of Sydney hospitals including St George, Prince of Wales, Sutherland. I have also conducted workshops at St Vincent's, St Josephs and the Mater Hospital. I have provided training at Motor Neurone Disease Association, Settlement Services International and Long Bay Jail. 



Love Listens

The name Love Listens arrived in my life one day ,via a dog, that came into my life with the name- Love Listens.

I came to see that listening to love was my work and life

listening with no judgments, to myself, my clients and my world.


If you would like a counselling session, training or supervision- please contact me via email. [email protected]