With all the demands in our busy lives, it is not uncommon to feel “off” mentally and physically. When our health and our well being gets off track, we often need support to help us get back in balance and to feel good again. It is possible! The first step is to reach out for help and then begin the process of establishing reachable goals.
A New York native currently living in Marin County, California, Mary Serphos has worked extensively with children and families since 1995. Mary is a Licensed Psychotherapist, Certified Holistic Health Coach, Nutrition Consultant, Freelance Writer and Mindfulness Teacher. Mary has experience in individual, family and group psychotherapy in both English and Spanish. She has led therapeutic and support groups focused on crisis situations and trauma, eating disorders, chronic health concerns, mindfulness, anxiety and depression, coping with divorce, loss and grief, nutritional counseling, cleansing and conscious eating patterning.
- Smith College School for Social Work
For nearly a century, the Smith College for Social Work has provided graduate social work education to men and women around the world. Their program is internationally recognized for its dedication to and specialization in clinical social work, and for the commitment to academic excellence.
- The Institute for Integrative Nutrition
Founded in 1992, the Institute for Integrative Nutrition is the largest nutrition school in the world. Bringing students and colleagues together from around the globe as part of the food revolution to train educators, health coaches and dietitians on health and wellness.
- Licensed Psychotherapist
- Licensed Clinical Social Worker
- Certified Health Coach
Psychotherapy and Education
Mary is currently working as a private Child & Family Therapist in Marin County. Having worked in San Francisco for the Unified School District and at Edgewood Center for Children & Families, she holds a deep understanding of familial challenges and it's applicable process in discovering one's true nature. She's also offering private sessions in Holistic Health Coaching for individuals and families.
Mary's Journey Back to Health
Years ago, I was overstressed, out of balance physically and emotionally, anxious most of the time, and run down. During this time, I took my annual summer visit to NY to see family and friends and took some time to travel. After several days, I started to feel dizzy, had nonstop low grade fever and was filled with fear about what was happening within my body. Despite feeling miserable and fearful, I boarded a plane for South America to explore Ecuador and Columbia. Part way through the trip, I felt so listless and dizzy, I did what ever was possible to get on the next flight to NY. Upon my shaky arrival back to the States, I wrote a full page list of symptoms that I took to my father’s doctor. One doctor became 5, and when a slew of tests came back normal even though I knew something was going on, I started to take matters into my own hands.
After consulting holistic health and wellness literature, most notably, Dr. Ralph Golan’s “Optimal Wellness” that once belonged to my grandmother, I began the journey to understanding the alternatives to Western Medicine.
Over the months, I was convinced I had Lyme disease (which tests later confirmed) that had gone undetected and compromised my system to the point where it was difficult for me to walk two blocks. When I was finally diagnosed with Lyme disease, I refused the antibiotic treatment because I sensed that my body couldn’t handle the harsh side effects. I listened to my inner wisdom and took steps to heal myself naturally using food as medicine as well as natural supplements, acupuncture, and holistic health consultations.
I now am thankful for my health and never take it for granted! I meditate daily and keep my stress levels as low as possible to save myself from setbacks and although setbacks do happen, I now have an incredible awareness about what my body needs to heal again. I feel great most of the time but I still need to keep up with my health and wellness goals. I am continually challenging myself to stay on top of my self-care routine and work hard to make that part of my day non-negotiable.
Through this life altering experience, I have gained a wealth of knowledge, skills, and insight on what it takes to heal and what it takes to prevent and tackle health concerns. It is from this place of awareness and training that I have developed The Aware Body approach.