Mary Willoughby creates a welcoming space as soon as you meet her. She is calm, but still actively engaged. She led a group session in which I participated on the topic of mindfulness. The process of being led through a mindful walk and techniques for mindful breathing have been integral during this stressful past year. It is empowering to have these techniques available on a daily basis, no matter what else presents itself. She is a valuable resource who exudes empathy in her expertise.
Mindfulness Group Member
I have had the pleasure of working with Mary Willoughby Romm since our graduate school times, and our professional relationship continued as we completed our postgraduate residencies at the same community-based mental health agency. Mary Willoughby’s dedication and genuine care for the individuals and families she works with makes her an easy person to talk to and work with. She is knowledgeable and constantly strives to better herself and learn more to ensure that she has the most up-to-date information and training to support her clients. Mary Willoughby is a wonderful therapist who can help support you in your mental health journey with tools to meet your individual needs.
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy is an evidence-based treatment modality that takes a parent and child’s need for a warm, healthy relationship and uses it to instill mutual trust between the child and their caregivers; this helps make enforcing rules and boundaries much easier with less fighting and frustration for everyone involved. As both a PCIT-trained therapist and a parent, I can attest to the importance and success of this treatment modality in addressing problem behaviors at a young age; by building caregivers’ confidence and strength in setting limits early on in the child’s life, they help set their child up for success in school, home, and community environments for years to come. PCIT can be used in a variety of family compositions, including non-parental family placements (grandparents, siblings, aunts/uncles, etc.), foster care placements, and single-parent homes. Children learn to listen and get along with others in a way that meets their developmental needs and helps them spend vital one-on-one time with their caregivers. For this reason, PCIT is useful and appropriate for most families of young children and a logical first step to reducing problem behaviors early on.