M.A., LPC-Supervisor, LMFT-Supervisor, LCDC, Mediator
Dallas, Texas Therapist Specializing in Couples Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, Relationship Counseling, Intimacy Concerns, Communication Issues, Divorce Counseling, Substance Abuse, Infidelity Issues, Family and Divorce Mediation
Relationships, much like electrical connections, sometimes short out, spew sparks, or even burn out altogether. That doesn’t necessarily mean it’s time to end the relationship, just as you wouldn’t throw out the lamp. People often seek counseling because a relationship’s connections are malfunctioning and it is causing pain. My practice area focuses on relationships, primarily on marriage and family therapy with extensive experience helping couples or individuals with intimacy problems, infidelity, communication concerns and conflict resolution. I work with individuals or families dealing with addictions, co-dependency, mental illness or behavioral problems, and provide consultation for parents or family members of loved ones experiencing challenges in these areas. I am also trained as a mediator and do family or divorce mediation sessions as well (see below).
I have a strong commitment to helping clients find the tools to create their own happiness in relationships and enrich their connectedness to the world and the people around them. My theoretical orientation is based on Bowen Family Systems Theory and the work of Dr. David Schnarch. Both are centered around the concepts of differentiation. Differentiation is a person’s ability to maintain a sense of self while in an emotionally and physically close relationship with another. Learning to manage these opposing forces in relationships is challenging. The more intimate the relationship, the harder it is to balance the need for attachment with the need for autonomy. By enlarging and strengthening our basic sense of self in the process of individual or family therapy, we gain the ability to manage these anxieties and discomforts. Managing our own emotions and intellect allows us to more fully enjoy our own lives as well as engage in more meaningful, less conflicted relationships.
My therapeutic style is open, gentle and respectful, but direct. I assume my clients come to work with me because they are looking for help in changing something that is no longer working for them in their lives. However, conscious and sometimes unconscious resistance to change needs to be gently but directly confronted. Growing ourselves up isn’t always an easy or painless process, but it is one that is necessary for happy, joyful, meaningful relationships.
It is my desire to help marriages thrive. However, it is also my desire to provide couples who need to end their marriage with a process that will allow them to transition their family with a minimal amount of damage, both emotionally and financially. It’s not just the loss of relationship that damages people but the degree of conflict that happens in the divorce which causes the most damage.
Returning to school later in life, counseling became a second career for me. I obtained my Master of Arts from Argosy University Dallas in 2007. I am the author of Ready to Talk: A Companion Guide to Psychotherapy. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (approved to supervise LPC Interns), a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (approved to supervise LMFT Associates), and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor.
I am a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and the Dallas Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, where I currently serve on the board.
Family Mediation Services
After witnessing the pain caused to so many families during the process of traditional divorce, I became trained in Family Law Mediation Services in order to provide a kinder, more thoughtful option for families going through divorce. A process which helps to preserve future relationships. Clients are often surprised to learn the potential cost- and time-savings benefits of mediation. Click here to find out more about key qualities of mediation services. Click here to read about the benefits of family mediation. For more information about family law mediation services, you may also call me at 214.706.0508.
I am available for speaking engagements in the mental health industry and community at large. To email me directly about an upcoming opportunity, please fill out the email form below.
My rate is $175 for a 50-minute session. I see couples and families for a 80-minute session for $250. Fee for mediation sessions are: Each mediation session costs $400 per party for 4-hour sessions and $800 per party for 8-hour sessions. Each additional hour costs $100 per party. Payment is due before or at the start of each mediation session. Mediation fees must be paid separately and equally by each of the parties.. Click here to request an appointment.
A quote that resonates with me:It’s not a matter of peeling away the layers but of developing them — growing ourselves up to be mature and resourceful adults who can solve our current problems. -- Dr. David Schnarch
What are these forms?
- Adult Intake Form, Minor Intake Form. These forms provide information about you or you child so Insights can craft therapy to be as effective and efficient as possible. Some questions are personal and may be sensitive or even uncomfortable. They are asked in an effort to quickly begin building a complete picture of who you or your child are, which in turn will save valuable therapy time. All client records are strictly confidential and will not be seen by anyone without your written permission unless required by law. If you have any questions, please discuss them with your therapist.
- Informed Consent to Treat form. This form details your rights and responsibilities as a client and consents for me to treat you.
Which forms should I use?
If you are an adult, use these forms:
If your child is the new client, use these forms:
What do I do with these forms?
Please print, complete and bring your Adult Intake Form or Minor Intake Form and Informed Consent to Treat forms to your first session. That way, we will be able to begin therapy at the start of the first appointment.
What are these forms?
- Mediation Intake Form. This form asks for information about you and your situation so your mediation can be as effective and efficient as possible. Some questions are personal and may seem sensitive, but they are asked to save valuable mediation time. Although you may not have all the information at this time, please answer the questions to the best of your ability. This form and all your mediation records are strictly confidential and will not be seen by anyone without your written permission unless required by law. If you have any questions, please discuss them with Mary Sanger.
- Informed Consent to Treat form. This form details your rights and responsibilities as a mediation client and consents for Mary Sanger to mediate your case. Mediation is a form of professional therapeutic services which Mary Sanger is authorized by law to perform.
- Agreement to Mediate form. This form is an agreement between you and the other party to mediate your case.
- Credit Card Authorization form. This form authorizes Insights to charge your credit or debit card for mediation services as stated in the Informed Consent to Treat.
Which forms should I use?
What do I do with these forms?
Please print, complete and either fax or scan and email these forms to Mary Sanger in advance of you mediation session. That way, Mary Sanger will be able to prepare and be ready to begin your mediation at the first mediation session.