Mara B. Edmunds, LMFT
Hello, I am Mara! Back when I was 18 years old, I put my belongings in 2 bags and took a solo 2 day train trip all the way across the country in an effort to escape a life that was not meant for me. Are you feeling like you are living a life not meant for you? Welcome! It’s nice to have you here. We won’t be taking any train trips…well, perhaps metaphorically we might consider an excursion or two.
Are you feeling overwhelmed and unsatisfied in your life? Do you often cry yourself to sleep or simply feel alone with no escape? I hear you and am so very glad our paths have crossed.
I have prepared a calm place of non-judgement for you where we can explore and process those painful areas where you are feeling stuck. My passion is treating complex trauma. We will work together using evidence-based techniques to alleviate your anxiety, flashbacks, avoidance, insomnia, and hypervigilance, along with the tension in your relationships. I have had a front row seat to major life transformations and cannot wait to see yours!
Call me so we can begin your journey of healing. You are more than worth it and I look forward to hearing from you!
Mara B. Edmunds, MA, LMFT is a board licensed Psychotherapist who completed a clinical mental health counseling internship with MHMR of Tarrant County. She holds an associate’s degree in behavioral science, a bachelor’s degree in sociology, and a dual-track master’s degree in marriage & family therapy and professional counseling. Her clinical license is through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists.
Mara’s professional experience includes working with individuals, couples, and families, and facilitating groups and classes for addiction recovery and survivors of trauma. Mara is specialized in treating both PTSD and complex trauma and is passionate about utilizing evidence-based interventions in helping individuals, couples, and families move past some of life's most complicated obstacles.
Are you ready for something new?
Clients describe Mara as: "Compassionate, intuitive, life-changing, practical, and hilarious when appropriate." She will collaboratively work alongside you to customize a treatment plan to move you forward.
Mara is trained in EMDR and is also a certified Somatic Attachment Therapist through The Embody Lab. She is also an affiliate member of the Trauma Research Foundation (founded by Harvard psychiatrist Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.), and formerly served on the advisory council for a nonprofit organization based in Boston, MA. Mara is also a Certified Sex Therapy Informed Professional (CSTIP) through the Integrative Sex Therapy Institute.
Prior to opening her private practice, Mara gained experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings, in drug rehabilitation, with veterans and active military, with survivors of trauma, and with couples and families in crisis. Mara's specialization is in treating cases of complex trauma, addiction recovery, and healing wounds of emotional neglect and a variety of relational and attachment ruptures.
Mara's approaches in treatment are influenced by the work of Bessel van der Kolk, Peter Levine, Francine Shapiro, Laurel Parnell, Stephen Porges, Pat Ogden, Joan Borysenko, Dan Siegel, Ruth Lanius, Janina Fisher, Richard Schwartz, Sue Johnson, and John & Julie Gottman.
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Post Graduate Certificate in Traumatic Stress Studies, Trauma Research Foundation, Boston, MA
Trauma healing training under Harvard psychiatrist, Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.
Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist (CCTS-I)
EMDR Trained (EMDRIA)
Certificate in Virtual EMDR
U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs,
Complex PTSD: MST Trained
Somatic Brain & Body Trauma Recovery
Trauma Research Foundation Affiliate
Certified Somatic Attachment Therapist (The Embody Lab)
Member of the National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine
MARRIAGE & FAMILY
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist TX: # 203812
Masters of Marriage & Family Therapy
Certified Sex Therapy Informed Professional (CSTIP)
Prepare & Enrich Facilitator ID: #1321283
Gottman (Level 1); Treating Couples in Crisis
Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT)
Developmentally-Informed Parenting Strategist
Christian Counseling (by request)
Fully Accredited Professional Addiction Counseling Diploma
Certificate in Smart Phone Addiction Counseling
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“I'm back in school now and haven't relapsed since we finished meeting. I'm now fighting for myself instead of against myself. I met the most amazing girl and we are doing great.”
— Male, Age 31
“Wow! What a mess of a family we were--Big fights over in-laws, money, and our kids. Mara said if we put in the work, we'd see a difference and she was right!”
— Young couple & 2 children
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