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Mary Rita DeRaedt Faculty Member

Dr. Mary DeRaedt is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Virginia and a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) with a Doctorate in Counseling and Supervision. She is a Clinical Professor at the George Washington University and provides psychotherapy for people of all ages at the Gil Institute for Trauma Recovery and Education. Dr. DeRaedt earned her bachelor’s degree in Education and Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling at Purdue University. Her doctoral work was completed at the George Washington University where she focused on effective treatments for children and adolescents coping with trauma, anxiety, non-suicidal self-injury, depression, behavior disorders and disordered eating. The focus of her research is on refugee trauma in children, both in the US and internationally. She has worked in Lebanon with a local NGO to promote trauma recovery for Syrian refugee children. She is trained in Theraplay, Integrative Trauma Focused Play Therapy, Parent Child Reunification Therapy, Early Mental Health Assessment (ages 0-5), Sand Tray Therapy, Trauma Assessment and Child-Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT), Child-Centered Play Therapy (CCPT), Extended Play Based Developmental Assessment (EPBDA) and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT). Dr. DeRaedt is also dedicated to training and supervising the next generation of professional counselors to be trauma-informed and developmentally focused. Her current research is focused on the effective use of play and expressive arts in doctoral supervision training. She teaches courses in play therapy, trauma and crisis intervention, child and adolescent development, family therapy, internship in clinical supervision and human sexuality. She is a supervisor to clinicians across Virginia and Washington D.C. She is a registered supervisor in VA and is currently awaiting final certification as a Registered Play Therapist – Supervisor. Dr. DeRaedt has also published articles addressing adult issues in the magazine The Capitol Standard. https://www.capitolstandard.com/author/maryderaedt/

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