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
I believe that the quality, contentment, and happiness we have in life is equal to the quality, contentment, and happiness we have in our relationships. Relationships with family, friends, lovers, children, co-workers – the list is endless. Life is all about relationships. As a Marriage and Family Therapist, Professional Counselor, and Chemical Dependency Counselor, I work with couples, individuals, families, and businesses with relationship difficulties. Therapy subjects might include, among a host of other things, infidelity, lack of connectedness, poor communication, unresolved conflict, enmeshment/co-dependency, or even being in relationship with a “crazy maker” and so feeling “crazy.” In addition to therapy, I provide consultation, assessment, and referrals for families or businesses trying to understand how to help someone with emotional, mental health, or substance use problems. I am also trained as a mediator and provide family and divorce mediation services (see below).
Returning to school after working in the business world for 20 years, I obtained my Master of Arts in Counseling from Argosy University Dallas in 2007. In 2011 I founded Insights Collaborative Therapy Group which merged my talent for business development and management with my psychotherapeutic skills. Since that time, I established a practice that is well-respected within the professional community for providing comprehensive collaborative mental health services as well as a place to mentor and give opportunity for newer therapists. In 2016 three of my colleagues joined me as owners of Insights Collaborative Therapy Group.
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 concept of differentiation – a person’s ability to maintain a sense of self while in an emotionally and physically close relationship with another, balancing the need for attachment with the need for autonomy. 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 individuals in troubled marriages heal and thrive, not just survive in their marriages. But I also want to provide couples who have decided to end their marriage or relationship a process that will allow them to transition with minimal residual damage, both emotionally and financially. So, I became specially trained as a mediator to provide such an avenue.
I am a clinical fellow member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, the Texas Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, a member of Relational Therapists of Dallas, co-founder of a monthly networking group for professionals, Park Cities/Dallas NEST, and author of Ready to Talk: A Companion Guide to Psychotherapy.
Family and Divorce Mediation Services
As a marriage and family therapist, I have repeatedly seen unnecessary pain and suffering occurring to families during often too-lengthy and too-expense divorces. So, I became trained in Family Law Mediation Services in order to provide a gentler, more thoughtful option for divorcing couples. Divorce mediation can help create workable or even cordial relationships in divorcing and divorced couples. 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 divorce and family mediation, you may call me at 214.706.0508.
My rate is $190 for a 60-minute individual session; first time individual sessions are $290 and are 90 minutes. I see couples and families for 90-minutes at a rate of $290. My mediation rate is $400 per party for 4-hour sessions and $800 per party for 8-hour sessions. Each additional hour costs $100 per party. Mediation fees are paid separately and equally by each party. 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.