Hello and welcome! My name is Mary Mallinson and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). I am so excited to have you here. A bit about myself – prior to joining the Freedom Within team, I worked with children and families involved in Child Welfare Services and the dependency court system.
Through this work, I often see how unresolved childhood traumas and early life experiences impact people as adults, the relationships we form, and our overall decision-making in so many ways. I have a strong interest in helping those who are dealing with unresolved traumas that are impacting their daily lives. I also have experience working with anxiety, depression, PTSD, childhood traumas, women issues, domestic violence, racial identities, perinatal mood disorders, and life transitions. I believe that deep down, we often know what is best for us but it doesn’t mean it is easy to make a change. It would be a privilege to support and work with you in this space and help you through the process of living a more fulfilling, joyful, and rewarding life.
How Can I Help You?
One of the hardest things for most of us is asking for help and telling ourselves that we can use some support. I understand how difficult it can be to take that first leap into therapy and with that, I want to commend you for being here at this place and time. My belief is that the relationship we have with ourselves is the most important one. Let us begin the healing process towards a more fulfilling and joyful life.
I approach a therapeutic relationship from a strengths-based, client centered, and often humanistic perspective. I have received training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Trauma-Informed therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy, Narrative therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Systems Approach, and Internal Family Systems (IFS). I also come from a culturally responsive lens where I value individual diversity and believe our cultural backgrounds, our family of origin, ancestral history are all important factors that shape who we are today.
My Philosophy on Mental Health:
I believe that it starts with you talking to yourself like you would a loved one and giving yourself permission to make YOU a priority in your life. That can be enough to take the first step into therapy. It would be a tremendous privilege to bear witness, make space to understand and process, and help you see just how much you matter. I do this work because I deeply believe that regardless of a person’s suffering in life, we all deserve to live to our potential.
I believe that the therapeutic relationship between a therapist and a client is very much collaborative, respectful, and supportive.
More about me…
I am a first generation Chinese-Vietnamese American, the first in my family to attend college, and a proud native of San Diego. As much as I enjoy this city and its beauty, I am always on the lookout for a new place to explore! I am a nerd for words and believe there is so much power in language- what we say to others and ourselves. When I’m not doing therapy, you can find me spending time with family and friends, reading a book, listening to a podcast, walking along the beach, or watching a comedy special on Netflix. I also love road trips, eating at hole-in-the-wall restaurants, and dance parties with my family.
Some of my favorite things are coffee, noodles, and elephants!