We have been serving the Santa Maria area since 2005 and built strong roots in the community.
Mary Jo has experience with: relationships recovering from addiction, couples therapy, family issues, depression and anxiety, grief, loss and trauma.
Self pay accepted, otherwise please give us a call to confirm if we can take your insurance.
Mary Jo’s expertise is in working with families in overwhelm from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, including traumatic stress from addictions, affairs, and from Domestic Violence and from every day stress. The best way to work with Trauma and Addiction is in a Healing Community. A Marriage and Family Therapist can be one part of this healing community, in addition to doctors and support services, and can offer the following expertise:
IDENTIFY THE TRUE PSYCHOLOGICAL OVERWHELM
The healing involves the following:
My vision is that if we, as families and as a community, begin to identify when we are in a destructive process, understand how our self is being split and divided, identify when we are on the emotional highway of overwhelm and when our inner child is running wild – then we can begin to, take responsibility to get ourselves calmed down and regain some peace. Then our adult self can begin to parent our inner child self. At this point we are ready to have a dialogue about exactly what is bothering us in a constructive way. The skill is honor/honor, ask for what we need and make healthy boundaries. My hope is that these skill sets result in decreased divorces, managed addictions, managed medical issues, and improve parenting.
Mary Jo Pedersen, M.S., LMFT & Director of Central Coast Counseling Center, has twenty years of counseling experience working with families who are recovering from all kinds of addictions and trauma.
Mary Jo has expertise in working with couples who are “trauma triggered” by Addictive Family Dynamics, and then fly off the handle into divorce, and provides skills and tools as to how to manage all of this emotional overwhelm. Also, she provides a space in her counseling office for a couple to re-think what issues are really going on and how to dialogue about the things that need to be talked about and problem solved rather than go destructive into divorce.