Mara Watts, LPC, PMH-C

( she/her/hers )

Psychotherapist

Location

Northern Virginia

Ages Treated

Ages 18 and Up

Practice Philosophy:

Mara Watts is a licensed professional counselor with expertise in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADS). Relatable and engaging, she also treats depression, anxiety and trauma in college-aged students and adults. She brings a robust sense of humor to her practice, normalizing situations and giving clients a new lens through which to view their concerns. As she teaches clients to reframe their experiences, they gain strength and develop the tools to handle challenging situations. Relatable and honest, she shares her own experiences of post-partum anxiety and the overwhelming and isolating roller coaster of being a parent. She addresses concerns relating to relationships, communication, expectations, identity, and self-esteem. Therapy with Mara provides clients with a new narrative for how to face the world, and the ability to anticipate triggers and challenges and cope with them more effectively.

Areas of Expertise:

Mara is well known as a perinatal specialist, offering parents the help they need in a most critical and vulnerable time of life. Passionate about women’s health, Mara focuses on issues including infertility, loss, and decisions relating to having a child. She also has expertise in treating depression and anxiety in adults. She incorporates therapeutic strategies based in Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Psychoeducation and Narrative therapy, teaching clients to view their story in a new, more adaptable way. Widely known as a presenter of PMADs trainings for nurses and doctors, she shares her expertise with fellow providers as well as parents. Additionally, she works with college students and young adults, providing support during confusing times of transition.

Experience and Training:

Mara earned her Master of Arts in Counseling and Development at George Mason University, and her Master of Arts in Educational Psychology at the University of Colorado. She received her certification in Perinatal Mental Health (PMH-C). She has extensive experience in the field of women’s and perinatal mental health, working in community mental health, hospital settings and private practice. She also provided therapy to college students in the counseling center at George Mason University. Currently Mara is also serving as a Behavioral Health Therapist at Inova Fairfax Hospital, where she supports parents and providers in the Neonatal Intensive Care unit, counseling new parents and offering support groups. She is a member of Postpartum Support International, DC Metro Perinatal Mental Health Collaborative, the Virginia Neonatal Perinatal Collaborative and the Inova Perinatal Mental Health Collaborative.

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