Mary Gallagher, MA

Clinical Extern
Brief info

One of my favorite quotes is from the novel Milkman, set in Northern Ireland. Anna Burns writes, “[T]here were sunsets every day, that we weren't meant to be coffined and buried whilst all the time still living, that nothing of the dark was so enormous that never could we surmount it, that always there were new chapters, that we must let go the old, open ourselves to symbolism, to the most unexpected of interpretations, that we must too, uncover what we've kept hidden, what we think we might have lost…..You never know.. the moment of the fulcrum, the pivot, the turnaround, the instant when the meaning of it all will appear.”

When you are going through something difficult, be it a life event that befalls most of us at one time or another (the end of a relationship, the death of a loved one, the loss of a job, etc.) or a diagnosed mental health condition such as anxiety or depression, life can seem like a never-ending series of challenges, an insurmountable set of obstacles. However, what we often fail to realize in the midst of our despair is that nothing is permanent—not the good times, nor the bad times. Knowing that we “never know the moment of the […] turnaround” reaffirms for me that change is possible.

I am excited to be a part of that change, as a guide and witness to a client’s inherent ability to access their innermost strengths to begin the journey to a healthier future. As a practicing school psychologist, I love to help my students and their families as they develop the self-awareness and self-compassion needed to believe in a future where change is possible, where growth can happen and where healing is the end goal. In the 25 years I’ve spent as an educator and school psychologist, I have practiced in a variety of settings, both here and abroad. What I’ve come to understand is that we are all more the same than we are different, and that we all want and need the same things in life: to be seen, to be heard, to be validated. I consider it a privilege to be able to do this work, and I look forward to accompanying clients on their journeys as together we form an alliance that allows for a trusting and nonjudgmental space to explore the way forward.

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