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Mary E. Pacos LCSW-R
Board Certified: Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Prior Experience: Director of Social Work - Orange Regional Medical Center, Middletown, NY; Social Work Supervisor - NY State OMH-Rockland Psychiatric Center
Undergraduate: Social Work - Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY
Graduate: Social Work - Adelphi University, Garden City, NY
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy; Scheme Therapy; Trauma Informed Care; Integrative (Mind/Body) Strategies for Healing; Body-Centered Psychotherapies
What made you want to become a health care provider or what is your earliest memory of wanting to be one?
I have always been drawn to helping and supporting others. From an early age, my empathy and intuition has allowed me to understand, validate, and prevent others from feeling defective or judged for needing help. I have always been intrigued by human behavior; i.e., the drives, reinforcements and strategies that shape how we respond to the world and ourselves.
What do you love most about your specialty? / Why did you choose your specialty?
I love working with diverse groups of people experiencing different developmental stages, possessing different gifts and cultural backgrounds. When I provide clinical services to others, I am honored and privileged they share so much of themselves with me.
How do you connect with your patients?
I establish trust and a feeling of safety. I take the time to explore what they want to achieve in therapy and how we can do that. I make sure my patients know I am here for them through all staged of their treatment and recovery.
What are your interests outside of the office (hobbies, activities)?
I enjoy doing and teaching yoga, meditation and breath work. I love going hiking, reading, cooking, and spending time with my family.
What is your advice for your patients?
To be patient with themselves and trust the process. To be open and direct about their expectations of therapy and to not feel ashamed of receiving treatment, but instead proud of taking this step.