Mary Caswell Walsh, D.Min., LMFT, is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFC 46303), consultant, biofeedback trainer, dream researcher, and writer. Mary has private practice offices in Berkeley and Vallejo, CA. and is an adjunct professor in the graduate Certificate in Traumatology and Treatment Program at Holy Names University, Oakland, CA.
Mary has presented at numerous conferences and workshops including the Illinois Association of Marriage and Family Therapy State Conference, the National Conference of Catholic Charities, and the International Conference of the International Association for the Study of Dreams (IASD). She co-founded and designed the therapeutic component of the award winning Sober Classroom for substance abusing adolescents (now Phoenix Academy, a Charter School for the State of California) where she served as Clinical Coordinator, Family Therapist, and Special Expert. Mary was Clinical Coordinator of Aftercare Services and Family Therapist for the Adolescent Recovery Center, Marin General Hospital in Greenbrae, CA, a Consultant and Psychotherapist for Catholic Charities of Chicago, Focal Counselor for Family Services at Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Center in Detroit, MI. and has written and contributed to numerous books on family life and healing.
Mary earned an MA in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of San Francisco and her doctorate from the San Francisco Theological Seminary. Her doctoral dissertation studied the role of imagination and the neuro-physiology of trauma in the recovery of traumatized adolescents. Mary is trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) through John F. Kennedy University and Biofeedback (through the STENS biofeedback certification program). She has designed and implemented school based programs implementing biofeedback training and dreamwork with adolescents. Mary presented her doctoral research into the neuro-physiology and dream content of traumatized adolescents at the conferences of the International Association for the Study of Dreams (IASD) in 2013 and 2014 and subsequent dream research at the IASD conferences in 2016, and 2018. Mary also has an MA in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan and an MTS from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley where she studied the role of spirituality in healing. Mary received the Swig Scholarship for study at Hebrew University in Jerusalem and the Golden Bell Award for the Sober Classroom she co-founded.
In addition to her extensive clinical experience and academic training, Mary has a diverse background in Eastern, Jewish, and Christian meditation and spiritual practices including graduate education in Jewish Mysticism, formation in Ignatian and Benedictine meditation, and training in mindfulness and TM. She is a Benedictine Oblate with the contemplative community of the Monastery of the Holy Cross. As a holistic healer, Mary honors the personal beliefs and cultural heritage of her clients while encouraging clients to draw on their whole selves in the healing process.
Mary is a Clinical Member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, the California Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and the International Association for the Study of Dreams.