Dr. Mary DeRaedt is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Virginia and a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) with a Doctorate in Counseling and Supervision. She works with people of all ages and approaches psychotherapy from the developmental perspective that promotes self-exploration and understanding in order to achieve comprehensive health.. Dr. DeRaedt earned her Bachelors degree in Education and Masters of Science in Mental Health Counseling at Purdue University. Her doctoral work was completed at the George Washington University where she focused on effective treatments for children and adolescents coping with trauma, anxiety, non-suicidal self-injury, depression, behavior disorders and disordered eating. Her research focus is on refugee trauma in children, both in the US and internationally. She is trained in Theraplay, Integrative Trauma Focused Play Therapy, Parent Child Reunification Therapy, Early Mental Health Assessment (ages 0-5), Sand Tray Therapy, Trauma Assessment and Child-Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT), Child-Centered Play Therapy (CCPT), and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT). These additional trainings have increased her ability to provide effective trauma-based services that focus on establishing or enhancing parent-child attachment. While licensed in Indiana, she worked at Wabash Valley Hospital with families in crisis, individuals dealing with addiction, children in the Foster Care System and adjudicated adolescents.
Dr. DeRaedt is also dedicated to training and supervising the next generation of professional counselors to be trauma-informed and developmentally focused. She teaches courses in play therapy, child and adolescent development, family therapy,
and human sexuality and offers her services as supervisor to clinicians across Virginia and Washington D.C. She is a registered supervisor in VA and is currently working toward certification as a Registered Play Therapist – Supervisor.