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​​​​Mary K Williams LCSW
Psychotherapist

I am a clinical social worker who has been providing psychotherapy for 26 years.


Treatment philosophy
Being educated in the psychoanalytic and psychodynamic tradition, my approach 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.


In therapy, 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.


Personality, disorders of attachment, archetypal psychology, neuroscience, and the medical components of wellness and healing are of particular interest to me.


I'm a very interactive and intuitive therapist, not the type to sit and nod for the entire session!

What to expect at my office
Currently, my office is empty and clients are being seen remotely. I usually work out of a small office in a renovated house in downtown Fayetteville. It is a cozy and safe space and I miss it!  Videoconference sessions happen over my secure office software. Sessions happen over the phone when connections are poor or the technology is otherwise frustrating.

Licensure
Licensed clinical social worker, AR 1752-c

Certified in Telemental Health and Digital Ethics, 2020

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

Publication
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)