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ABOUT MARY DIORIO | PSYCHOTHERAPIST | PORTLAND, OREGON

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I wasn’t always a therapist.

My first degree was a BA in Business and I worked for the City of Portland. I moved to Portland in my 20’s, before it was cool to move to Portland. Before that I lived on Shelter Island, New York and spent my very early childhood in the Bronx. Experiencing both East Coast and West Coast sensibilities has been tremendous fun.

I am licensed in Oregon and New York states, and support clients bicoastally, both online and in-person. After graduating from Portland State University with a Master of Social Work, I began practising in 2001 at a 24/7 telehealth center and St. Vincent’s Hospital.

I have taught as adjunct professor at Lewis and Clark College in their Eating Disorder Training and Certificate program. I’m also a member of Columbia River Eating Disorder Network, National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA), the International Academy for Eating Disorders, International Association Of Eating Disorders (IAEDP), and the Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA).

The best part of what I do is being a change catalyst.

Helping people achieve a higher quality life with more joy never gets old. My specializations include:

I work with full spectrum eating disorders, from bulimia, anorexia, binge eating, compulsive/emotional eating, to orthorexia. I address body image concerns and help clients gain insight in order to develop effective coping mechanisms.
My practice also includes working with clients experiencing anxiety, depression, difficult life transitions, feeling “stuck” or seeking a higher quality of life, social phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder and stress management.
I work with couples looking for greater intimacy or coping with marital distress. By encouraging couples to communicate their emotions effectively I guide them towards healing past injuries and creating an intimate, secure bond.

I enjoy taking a non-judgemental and collaborative approach to mental health.

THE MORE I LEARN, THE MORE FINESSE I CAN BRING TO A CLIENT’S THERAPY.

I have completed multiple years of training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy in Seattle, Chicago, New York, and Portland. And continue researching innovative techniques and treatments to help clients make the changes they want to make.

My most recent training professional training is with Dr. Tom Lynch in Radically Open Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. This therapy differs significantly from other treatment approaches, in that it deals with over control. People with over control often exhibit inhibited emotional expression; hyper-detailed focused and overly cautious behavior.

SPARKING THE CHANGE IS WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT.

My approach is highly personalized, integrating innovative, evidence-based techniques to help clients achieve powerful change. Modalities I use include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Emotionally Focused Couples and Individual Therapy and Radically Open Dialectical Behaviour Therapy.

I know first-hand the complex pieces that lead to full recovery. I also know the process can be uplifting and potentially life-changing. If you’d like to have a healthier relationship with food, your partner or your emotions, get in touch, I’d love to hear what you have to say.

I am committed to LGBTQ + equality and support all expressions of gender identity. Inclusive & Culturally Relevant Wellness, Non-Restrictive Vegetarian and Vegan welcomed.