Mary Ann Covey, Ph.D., ABPP
- Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Texas A&M University
- M.A., Loyola College of Baltimore
- B.A., St. Bonaventure University
License and Certification
- Licensed Psychologist, Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists, No. 4937
Approach to Therapy and Professional Interests
In the world of college counseling center therapy, I have seen the transformation of having one single approach to therapy to needing flexibility based on the presenting problem of the student along with the context of where we are in the academic semester. The specialty of working with college students is finding the balance of providing therapy where it is clinically indicated and teaching skill building tools where appropriate. Regardless of the presenting concern and time of the semester, my overall approach to working with students is framed in an empowerment model. How can I best teach students ways of self care? How can I help students invest in their own self care? My professional interests have evolved and changed over time. In my role as Director, I am dedicated in finding ways to promote mental health for the entire campus. I am focused on “thinking outside the box” regarding mental health initiatives for over 65,000 students in ways that promote self care.
Personal Statement on Diversity and Social Justice
How can we celebrate diversity rather than feel threatened by it? How can we be more inclusive as a campus and make all students feel welcomed and accepted? How does existing in a marginalized group, who may not always feel accepted at Texas A&M, impact mental health? How can we connect mental health initiatives to social justice movements? These are all critical questions that I have asked in my 30 years at Texas A&M. I am always striving to empower those who are not aware of their own power and help challenge them to see where and how they might use it. To be a multi-culturally competent psychologist, I am in the constant state of learning and growing. Cultural humility for me means that I am never finished and I never achieve total competence in the area of diversity, but I am a lifelong learner who is striving to better myself and the environment.
Approach to Supervision
As you can see the theme to my previous answers, I have long supported the empowerment theme. As a therapist, we need to understand and accept our power in ways that promote our client’s growth. As a supervisor, there is a parallel process that occurs in supervision that often mirrors what occurs in the therapy room with the trainee and client. How can we explore this? How can we used these experiences to deepen the work between trainee and client? I often learn a tremendous amount during supervision and I hope to create an environment that is safe and challenging for a trainee. Lastly, the entire process is dependent on investment. The trainee must be invested in their own self growth and have the flexibility to see and experience process is dependent on investment. The trainee must be invested in their own self growth and have the flexibility to see and experience different contexts in order to maximize their own supervision experience.
I love sports . . . pretty much all of them! However, as I have gotten older I have moved from playing soccer, basketball, and tennis to golf, walking, and stretching!!! I also love music and movies. I enjoy the outdoors with my family with lots of hiking and fishing over the years. We love to travel and experience new places. I love watching my daughters grow and have their own opinions on everything and nothing. I enjoy supporting all things Aggie! I am very proud to have had my entire 30 year career at Texas A&M . . . Gig’em Ags!!!