Mary Pivarunis, LMFT, SEP

Mary Pivarunis, LMFT, SEP

250 250 Resolutions Therapeutic Services
Trauma Therapist (EMDR, SE, TRM)

Mary is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who specializes in trauma, PTSD and grief and loss. She is trained in Attachment Focused EMDR, Somatic Experiencing and Trauma Resiliency, body-oriented modalities that help clients increase their resiliency and their ability to learn about and regulate their own nervous systems.

Mary received her Masters degree in Counseling Psychology and specialization in Somatic Psychology from John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill, CA.

Prior to working at Resolutions, she served as the Trauma Therapist at Promises Malibu Vista, a nationally respected trauma-focused residential treatment center for women, in Malibu, CA. She helped develop the trauma program during the six years of the center’s existence. Mary also worked as a Trauma Therapist at Bridges to Recovery, a residential treatment center, in Pacific Palisades, CA. In addition, Mary worked at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center’s psychiatric hospital in Berkeley, CA, for eight years, in both the inpatient and outpatient program with diverse patient populations. She served as Program Director and Main Therapist for a variety of adult and adolescent programs. While working in the outpatient program, Mary conducted trauma consultations for both her patients and colleagues and initiated a department-wide training in Trauma Resiliency to prevent burnout and secondary traumatization.

Mary is very passionate about her work in the field of trauma and the body. Her enthusiasm, optimism and infectious sense of hope have been a comfort to hundreds of clients she has worked with over the years. Combining a real curiosity, compassionate exploration and a sense of humor, Mary helps clients identify and understand their issues and works with them to create a plan for healing. Mary believes that it is never too late to be curious about one’s self, to discover the resiliency of your body and the strength of your spirit to aid in the healing process.