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Mary K Williams LCSW


I am a clinical social worker who has been a psychotherapist for 24 years..

My treatment philosophy
I was educated in the psychoanalytic and psychodynamic tradition, thus my treatment is informed by an understanding that we are on a developmental path from birth through death and that there are specific challenges and conflicts associated with each stage in our development. Also, there is an unconscious mind working "behind the scenes" which can be utilized to bring about growth and self awareness.  Clients are encouraged to explore who they are and what meaning they choose to assign to their existence.  HOWEVER, I very often use a cognitive behavioral or solution focused treatment approach that focuses on changing thoughts, environments and behaviors. These types of approaches tend to be efficient ways to bring about symptom relief and positive change, especially in the early phases of treatment. Play therapy approaches that encourage creativity and stress reduction are often integrated into my treatment as well. I am a student of archetypal psychology and neuroscience and am interested in the medical components of wellness and healing. I'm a very interactive therapist, not the type to sit and nod for the entire session!

What to expect at my office
I work out of a small office in a renovated house in downtown Fayetteville. I have an office manager  who helps with phone calls, client scheduling and health insurance billing. One of us may be present to greet you.  If I am in a session when you arrive, the waiting room directly across from my office will be open.

Licensed clinical social worker, AR 1752-c

Master of Social Work degree, clinical program,  Loyola University Chicago, 1996.
Bachelor of Arts, English Literature, Austin College, Sherman, Texas, 1988.

Ludlow, W. & Williams, M. (2006). Short-term group play therapy for children whose parents are divorcing.  In H. Kadusen and C. Schaefer (Eds.), Short-term play therapy for children (2nd ed.) (pp. 304-335). New York: Guilford Press.

Agencies served previously
Victor C. Neumann Assoc., Chicago, IL
Lorene Replogle Counseling Center, Chicago, IL
Cunningham Children’s Home, Urbana, IL
Catholic Social Service, Champaign, IL
Healthcare Alternative Systems, Chicago, IL
Family Care of Illinois, Chicago, IL
Ozark Guidance, Springdale, AR

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Fayetteville, AR
Sources for Community Independent Living, Fayetteville, AR
Trinity Rehabilitation, Northwest Arkansas
Arkansas Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program (JLAP)