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Dr Mary Cantrill

Senior Social Worker

B.S.W (Hons), Master of Couple and Family therapy, PhD Social Work

Mary is a Couple & Family Therapist with 20 years of experience. She has worked intensively with parents and families in NSW mental health services and since her postgraduate clinical training at Relationships Australia has worked with couples to improve intimacy, identify and break unhealthy patterns of interaction, helping couples manage emotional reactivity and adopt positive communication strategies. Mary structures sessions so that her clients can develop skills which are practiced during the session and between sessions. She helps her clients understand themselves better, their triggers, and their hopes and steps for change. Her passion and commitment to working with couples and families extends in her work as a social work educator and supervisor of allied health clinicians. She holds a Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) and Masters in Couple and Family Therapy (Distinction) at the University of New South Wales.

Mary’s research informs her work with couples, parents, and families. She has completed an honours thesis that explores perceptions and experiences of family therapy treatment in NSW mental health. She has also submitted her PhD on parent and family help seeking experiences during acute mental health crises and the first psychiatric hospitalisation. Mary is a full member of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) and maintains ongoing professional development, training and clinical supervision in accordance with AASW guidelines.

Mary is a warm, empathic and non-judgmental therapist. She enjoys working with couples and families and is highly skilled in engaging and helping her clients understand the transactional patterns and pathways for rebuilding and strengthening relationships. Mary works with a range of presenting issues that include developmental lifecycle transitions such as coupling, marriage, affairs, separation and divorce, pregnancy, parental adjustment, blended families, child rearing, mental and physical illness, disability, and grief and loss. Mary helps her clients of all ages create better lives and healthier relationships.

Mary offers appointments at Lane Cove on Monday evenings and Tuesday afternoons and at Bondi Junction Friday evenings and all day Saturday.