There has been one common denominator throughout my entire career: work with adolescents and adults who needed help in one way or another.
The first time I realized how much I enjoyed this was when I took my first job after high school as a lifeguard at a pool frequented by at-risk youth. I worked there summers during my college years.
After earning my Bachelor's degree in English at Emmanuel College in Boston, I was hired as a teacher and discovered that I especially enjoyed teaching and mentoring at-risk adolescents.
A few years later, I earned my Master's degree at Syracuse University and returned to work in education as a middle school and high school guidance counselor.
Later, I ran an agency that provided career counseling and life planning services to adults.
Most of the time, I worked with adolescents and adults who were not disabled but my interest in working more with individuals with psychiatric and other disabilities grew over time and I returned to school at Syracuse University to earn a PhD degree in rehabilitation psychology.
My area of specialty is psychiatric disabilities.
I founded Emotional Education Services after I graduated in order to combine my teaching skills with my interest in mental health promotion. Now, using various media, I teach people how to obtain robust and resilient mental health and how to maintain emotional fitness.
I have also become an advocate for disenfranchised individuals in the areas of psychiatric disabilities, brain injuries, addictions, veterans issues, human rights and homelessness.
I am available for consultations with individuals, couples, families and small groups.
Occasionally, I also serve as a consultant in legal cases involving individuals with disabilities
My offices are located in Auburn, New York.
Copyright 2006-2011 Mary M. McLaughlin, PhD