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Mary Welch, LCSW

In practice since: 1988

Degrees: MSSW, LCSW

Substance Abuse Speciality

Sees: Adolescents, Adults, Couples, and Families

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Types of Clients

Adults, older adolescents, couples and families

Treatment Specialties

Mary specializes in a variety of issues including depression, anxiety, self-esteem, stress management, parenting, grief/loss, relationship conflict, eating disorders and chronic pain. She has a licensed specialty in substance abuse and works with addiction issues and family members impacted by a loved ones addiction.

Training and Experience

Mary is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with Substance Abuse Specialty Authorization. She earned her graduate degree, a MSSW, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a specialization in Clinical Social Work. She was awarded a Traineeship from the National Institute of Mental Health. After graduate school, she completed one year of Post-Graduate training at the Family Therapy Center. Mary initially worked as a Family Therapist, providing in-home family therapy on a long-term basis. Mary then began working in private practice in out-patient mental health clinics and has since been in private practice for more than 20 years. From 1996 to 2006, Mary was a Lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Human Development-Family Studies department and the Social Work graduate department. She has taught various courses including Family Stress and Coping and Treatment of Family Systems. In the 1990’s Mary gained training in the substance abuse field and worked frequently with impacted family members. Recently she became licensed to provide therapy for clients with addiction and their family members.


Mary utilizes various approaches dependent on the needs of her client. Frequently she will employ cognitive-behavioral techniques along with a family systems approach and solution-focused concepts. Depending upon the goals of treatment, she will also help clients with interpersonal and communication skill development and conflict resolution strategies. She will often engage family members and significant others in a client's treatment to help address the whole person and various systems involved. Mary seeks to apply a mind/body/spirit approach and if appropriate, employs mindfulness and other meditative practices to her work with clients.