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Mary DeCenzo, LISW-S, ACTRP-C

  • Title: Embedded Clinical Therapist, Fisher College of Business
  • Phone: 614-292-5766
  • Email:

Therapeutic Style:

I believe establishing rapport and trust with my clients is the first and most important step in the therapeutic process. I work hard to establish a comfortable, judgement free counseling setting in which my clients can discover, learn and grow on their journey towards discovering and developing themselves and what they believe to be their life purpose. I use a client centered, integrative approach that includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (examining thought processes and how they relate to feelings and behaviors) and Strengths Based/ Solution Focused Therapy (setting short term goals and discovering and using strengths in order to identify and implement a solution to the problem.) I enjoy teaching and leading clients in mindfulness activities (focusing awareness on the present moment, while acknowledging and accepting feelings, thoughts and sensations experienced) in order to help them build their repertoire of skills to manage and overcome mental health related symptoms they may experience.

Supervision Style: 

I have had the privilege of experiencing many wonderful role models through my own supervision experiences as a student and emerging professional. I believe supervision should be a collaborative, growth experience. I work with supervisees to discover their strengths, gifts and current skills as well as to identify areas in which they have a need for and a desire to further develop knowledge and skills. I believe one should finish supervision with a sense of growth and accomplishment as well as a deeper understanding of their professional identity. I value creating and supporting such experiences.

Professional Interests:

I have many years of experience in counseling teens and young adults to overcome barriers they may encounter due to symptoms of stress management, depression, anxiety, trauma, PTSD, grief and ADHD. I am also experienced with matters of identifying, understanding and managing the stressors associated with children of parents who abuse drugs and alcohol. As a certified trauma practitioner, I enjoy continuing and expanding my knowledge of the latest research on the effects of childhood and other trauma on functioning and survivor resiliency. 

Groups and Liaison Roles:

As an Embedded Clinician on the Counseling and Consultation Services team, my role is to serve students within the Fisher College of Business.

Educational Background:

I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree in social welfare from the Ohio Dominican University and a master’s degree in clinical social work from The Ohio State University. As an alumnus, I am proud and excited to return to campus in the role of a CCS Clinician.

Personal Interests:

I enjoy spending time with family, binge watching my favorite sitcoms and Netflix originals, Yoga, baking and bicycling.

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