Mary Straub Pargas

Biography

Mary is in her final semester of her Masters of Arts in Counseling from Eastern Mennonite University (graduation date April, 2017) and is completing her internship at the Harrisonburg Center for Relational Health. She holds a BA in Applied Health Science with a double major in Education and Public Health and a minor in Biology from Indiana University & University of Louisville.

Mary is a certified yoga therapist, and for the last 17 years has had a successful private practice in the healing arts, specializing in the mind-body approach to integrated therapeutic wellness. As a counselor, Mary feels honored to be working with young adults, adults, couples, children and families. Mary values each client as a unique individual with the potential for empowered, creative change. She works from a person-centered, strength-based perspective using the integrative approach, combing cognitive behavioral therapy, psychoeducation, resiliency, and the mind-body approach with an emphasis on self-compassion. Mary specializes in women’s issues and she is passionate about facilitating classes, groups, workshops, and retreats. Mary has lived in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley for 8 years and enjoys traveling internationally to over 30 countries (so far). Hiking and biking are her next favorite activities.

Summary Of Certifications and Memberships

2017, Master of Arts in Counseling, Eastern Mennonite University (anticipated)

STAR- Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience, Level 1 (40 hour)

ASIST- Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy, Basic Training (20 hour)

Mid-Atlantic Biofeedback and Behavior Medicine Society- Member and Scholarship Recipient

Certified Integrative Yoga Therapist (RYT 500)

Certified Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Instructor (200 hour)

Advanced Yoga Certifications in Vitality and Stress, Mind and Meditation (120 hour)

Self-Illumination Therapy Training Intensive, Advanced Kundalini Science (500 hour)

Certified Prenatal Yoga Instructor (80 hour)

Certifications in Cranio-Sacral Therapy, Massage Therapy, Acupressure, and Reiki

Specialty Areas

  • Holistic Health
  • Depression
  • Personal Growth
  • Anxiety
  • Mind-Body Integrative Care
  • Focus-Oriented Psychotherapy
  • Biofeedback

Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.

Rumi