Mary Wilkinson


About Me

I am a licensed clinical social worker in Philadelphia, PA who has worked in the mental health and social work fields for over 12 years.

As a therapist, I am guided by the belief that all people possess strengths and resilience that can be tapped into even during the most difficult of times. This strengths-based approach is how I enter all therapeutic relationships. You are the expert on yourself!

My style of therapy draws most often from Cognitive Behavioral Theory (CBT), motivational interviewing, and short-term solution-focused therapy models. These three intervention approaches are client-centered and seek to find clarity, purpose, and focus when challenges seem out of control.

I also have extensive training in understanding the impacts of trauma on the mind and body. I incorporate many breathing and meditation practices to help individuals calm the stress response, feel grounded in their bodies, and regulate intense emotions.

Finally, I am acutely aware of systemic inequalities that disadvantage some and privilege others. I work with individuals and groups who face discrimination due to race, gender, cultural background, immigration status, disabilities, religion, and age. It is very important to me that all people have a safe place, free of judgment, to explore their needs and strengths in therapy. Therefore I listen intently and provide validation and empathy with all clients.


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Self esteem
  • Depression
  • Coping with life changes
Also experienced in:
Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Grief , Parenting issues , Anger management , Compassion fatigue , Caregiver Issues and Stress , Communication Problems , Control Issues , Family of Origin Issues , Family Problems , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 7

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Phone

  • Video


LCSW #CW019546 (Expires: 2021-02-28)


Written by B.E. on Dec 25, 2020 after counseling with Mary for 6 months

Mary made a world of difference for my son. She earned his trust, provided realistic advice, and treated him with kindess, sensitivity, and respect.

Written by J.E. on Oct 06, 2020 after counseling with Mary for 3 months on issues concerning lgbt, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and eating disorders

Mary was a delight to work with. She's consistent and professional.
Kind, wise, has a sense of humor. I would work with her again in a heartbeat.

Written by J.A. on Jun 29, 2020 after counseling with Mary for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, coping with

She’s pretty amazing at listening.

Helps me sees thing differently although we r still establishing trust, I am pretty confident she has my best interest. To help me remain calm and strengthen my mental health.