Mary Lou Staples, L.C.M.H.C.

Paul Downey
"Psychotherapy is a process for healing built on a relationship of trust, rapport and collaboration. Grounded in dialogue, it provides a supportive environment to talk openly. Awareness and acceptance are the first steps needed for healing and change. Self-exploration leads to insight and insight leads to the ability to make better choices. The goal is to live mindfully and intentionally. To become to your own unique possibilities."

Clinical PerspectivePsychotherapy is a process focused on helping you heal and learn more constructive ways to deal with the problems and issues within your life. It can be a supportive process when going through a difficult period, like going through a divorce or starting a new career. Generally psychotherapy is recommended whenever a person is grappling with a life, relationship or work issue. Some of you are grappling with a specific mental health concern. It is advisable to get professional help when the pain in your life is causing a great deal of pain or is lasting more than a few days.

My original training was in psychodynamic therapy. This is an understanding about how we develop into ourselves through early, important relationships. This is a core understanding for my work as a psychotherapist is that we can be both injured and healed by relationships. My training in family, or systems, therapy has reinforced my understanding of the importance of relationships and our sense of self. We are on a quest, seeking meaning and significance in our lives. Working with group therapy has inspired me on the healing power of people working together in a safe, supportive environment. The earnest exchanges I have witnessed in groups have been humbling and enlightening. While it is important to have ongoing training with my peers and other professionals, most of all my training comes from the individuals that I have worked with over the years. I have learned to listen openly and trust

Bachelors of Arts in Psychology - University of New Hampshire.
Masters of Arts in Counseling - University of New Hampshire.
Certificate - Portsmouth  Institute of Psychotherapies
Trainings in Dialectal Behavioral Therapy, EMDR
Licensed as a Mental Health Counselor - NH

Training and Professional ExperiencePrivate practice in Portsmouth and Somersworth NH for fourteen years. 
Psychotherapist and Emergency Services Clinician with Carroll County Mental Health Center in Wolfeboro, NH. Seacoast Mental Health Center in Portsmouth and Exeter. NH as an Emergency Services clinician;Riverbend Community Mental Health Center in Concord, NH.  Started as and Emergency Services Clinician and then as an outpatient psychotherapist.

Special TrainingIntensive and ongoing trainings in DBT, EMDR, Trauma and Anxiety Management and Cognitive Behavioral Therapies.



"I have always been deeply impressed by the inner strength of people. When given the opportunity to be heard and understood their healing begins. Regardless of the level of difficulty of our struggles, there is a way to find a sense of positive direction and emotional resources."