"Mary Dobson is the consummate professional; who utilizes her intelligence, creativity, compassion, and empathy to connect with each of her patients to form meaningful, healing relationships. She has extensive experience helping adolescents and adults recover from a myriad of psychological issues, including: eating disorders, depression, anxiety and substance abuse. Mary demonstrates sound clinical judgment and draws upon the strengths of her patients to empower them in overcoming psychological issues. I strongly endorse Ms. Dobson, and cannot speak highly enough of her abilities as a therapist and patient advocate."
- Dr. Meagan Leduc, Psy. D, Licensed Psychologist
"Mary Dobson is an extremely astute, sensitive and talented therapist. She works extremely well with teenagers and their families. She is a terrific listener who truly strives to understand the situation and address it accordingly. She communicates and collaborates with professionals and is a pleasure to work with!"
- Dr. Marcie Schneider, MD, FAAP, FSAM, Adolescent Medicine Specialist & founder of greenwich adolescent medicine
“My mom thought I should talk to someone because I was having anxiety before school and didn’t want to go. I just wanted to hang out with my mom. My teachers scared me and I felt overwhelmed. I didn’t want to talk to a therapist. My mom convinced me to see Mary Dobson and I felt connected to her. At first we just sat and talked, and then we started working on some changes I could make to help myself before anxiety took over. We also planned a study schedule for me and used exercises to help me feel less nervous around my teachers. Everyone says they have seen a change in me, that I seem calmer and more relaxed at school and at dance. If you are afraid to try therapy, I say give it a try because I wouldn’t want to go back to how I used to feel.” –M.P., 12- year old client
“My daughter was referred to Mary Dobson by her school psychologist because she was restricting her food intake and increasingly concerned about her appearance. She had stopped eating dinner with the family and was eating in private. Mary set Ashley up with a team of nutritionists and eating disorder expert physicians, and a food plan was set for my daughter that she was able to successfully follow. Mary helped my daughter understand the root of why she was restricting and my daughter became self-motivated to use coping skills when facing stress. Mary also worked with my family in order to improve how we interact. Our whole family has benefited from understanding my daughter better and we've gained tools to use when discussing "hot-button" topics. I would recommend Mary without reservation to anyone experiencing difficulties with their teenage child." - G. F., mother of 15-year-old client
"I am writing to endorse Mary Dobson as a family therapist. My wife and I were struggling in co-parenting our three young children. Mary met with both of us and helped us to get on the same page with our efforts. We learned that the big things we wanted for our children were the same (happiness, resilience, independence) but we disagreed on the fundamentals of how to achieve those things. Mary's guidance allowed us to find the commonalities in our styles and then to allow each other to have differences in how we approach the same end goals. Meeting with Mary was one of the best decisions we've made together- the feel in our household is night and day from what it had been." - B.Y., father of triplet 10-year-olds
"My husband and I began seeing Mary Dobson when I was terminated from my job and we were dealing with financial insecurity. The loss of my income brought to a head issues in our marriage that had been present all along. We found Mary to be neutral and objective; she never took sides. I have to say that I learned from therapy that I was in many ways living on autopilot settings, and now feel that I am actively engaged in bringing my best self to my relationship on a daily basis. I had lost motivation to try because life had not given me what I thought I deserved for my hard work. I had become bitter and it carried into my relationship. My husband and I are in a better place, and it came as the result of being willing to ask for help and be honest with someone. Mary Dobson is extremely skilled in making people feel comfortable so that they are able to open up and say what needs to be said without worrying about feeling judged." - M. V, married ten years
"I was exercising for two hours a day. I did not want to see my friends because I thought they didn't like me anymore. Mary Dobson worked with me and my parents to help me to focus on liking myself again and not being so hard on myself. I was able to start going to Pinkberry again and asking friends to come over without feeling so shy. I learned that I was exercising because I didn't think I was good enough and wanted to make people like me. I am so glad I went to see Mary; she is not just my therapist, she is my friend." - S. J., 11-year old client
"Mary Dobson was referred by our pediatrician in 2011. She helped my son with his academic issues and acting-out behavior in school. My son has severe ADHD and was blurting out comments in the classroom. He was unable to structure his day or complete homework without a fight. Mary involved my whole family, including my ex-husband, in supporting Alex, and gave him new skills to use to manage his time. His outbursts have improved, but Mary also worked with his school so that they were able to understand my son and his needs. Going to Mary Dobson was more helpful than the educational consultants and tutors I had employed to help my son. She understands kids and advocates for her clients. We are extremely pleased." - I. R, mother of 9- year-old client
"Mary Dobson saw my twins for therapy during my divorce. She was sensitive to the unique aspects of a same-sex divorce and sought to understand our situation with an open mind. I do not think they would have done so well had they not had the consistent support on a weekly basis of Mary. People often comment to me how well my kids fared during such a challenging time of transition, and I give much credit to Mary Dobson." - E. S., attorney and mother of boy/girl twins
"Mary Dobson began seeing me last year when I was having trouble with a boy at school who was teasing me. I had gotten down after he teased me every day on the bus about my weight. I had started eating to cope with the teasing. Mary helped me build my self esteem and stick up for myself by being positive, not by fighting. I still see Mary every once in a while when I need to check in or feel overwhelmed and she helps me to take action steps that make me feel better." - J. H, 15 year old client