Testimonials

EMDR and Flash Therapy for anxiety

I was looking for help determining the root cause of years of anxiety through the use of EMDR, and was recommended to Mary. The atmosphere around her is calming and she does a great job at keeping sessions focused in order to get the most EMDR or Flash therapy time at each session.
Working through past traumas with these techniques has been incredibly rewarding and beneficial for both myself and the relationship with my partner. Working with Mary has been a wonderful journey that has provided results I didn’t think were going to ever be achievable.
M., Victoria, BC

Safe and Supportive Environment

I was looking for a counsellor who offered EMDR therapy to assist me with processing lifelong traumas. I was drawn to Mary because she is familiar with the principles of recovery, which resonated deeply with me. I was thrilled to discover I found much more than just an EMDR therapist.

Mary is kind, relatable and insightful. I have seen many therapists over the years, and I feel the sessions with her have provided the most tangible results. For the first time in my life, I feel truly calm, happy and able to tackle life on life’s terms. I am so very grateful to have found this safe and supportive environment that immediately put me at ease and ready to do the work.
The therapy sessions have been life changing. I feel as though the work we have done together has both saved and enhanced my life. I always felt like I was stuck in a trauma loop of high anxiety and extreme emotional highs and lows. EMDR has enabled me to level off and stay in the middle of the road with my emotional responses.

If you are currently looking for a professional to assist you with your own healing journey, I highly recommend Mary and encourage you to contact her.

M., Victoria, BC

EMDR and Couples Counselling “life-changing”

I am so thankful for having connected with Mary at a critical time in my life. She became the most integral part of my healing as I finally did some much needed work around my own childhood. She helped my husband and I discover our deeply rooted triggers in our relationship. She then helped me navigate an extremely difficult journey through grief.

Mary is incredibly gifted at what she does. She sincerely cares about you finding a deeper sense of happiness and peace. I had countless ‘ah-ha’ moments thanks to her incredible insights and wisdom. Mary seems to have the capacity to get inside your brain and understand what is going on in there better than you can! Moreover, she was so warm and had such a loving approach, I had no problems being an open book with her. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a life changing therapist.

L., Vernon, BC

EMDR and psychotherapy helped anxiety and improved relationship

We can’t say enough about our sessions with Mary. My husband was treated for PTSD and he was treated with EMDR and counselling. Over a few short months he was a changed man and because of Mary we were able to regain the love and respect for each other. He was able to talk freely and his anxiety lessened enough for him to actually enjoy life. Our house went from one of pain and silence to a wonderful happy home filled with humour and laughter. Mary has such a warm and compassionate way about her and made us feel instantly comfortable. We always look forward to our occasional follow ups.
Thanks Mary, you are simply the best.

D. and D., Vernon, BC

EMDR helped to file memories and promote healing

I can’t thank Mary enough for introducing me to EMDR therapy.

I was a total basket case after leaving and abusive relationship. I was anxious, I was having intrusive thoughts and even some physiological responses to memories and triggers.

As it turns out with a lot of traumatic events (of any sort), little memories were floating around in my brain, unable to properly “file” themselves. It was those little memories that were inhibiting my ability to heal and move forward.

With the help of Mary and EMDR, we were able to properly sort those memories and essentially, file them in the proper folders in my brain. The best part was that it is not a sit down and talk about my feelings kind of therapy. These issues needed to be dealt with, but not necessarily talked about. Mary made the environment very comfortable and guided me through the EMDR process at my own pace.

V., Vernon, BC

Gottman Method efficient and insightful

I found the counselling experience with Mary to be comfortable and very insightful.  The Gottman principles were a great way to assess how we approached our marriage as an individual and a couple.  It gave a framework and a concise look at what was strong and weak in our marriage.  Knowing this allowed for an efficient counselling experience.

Mary was objective and very present for our sessions.  She was fair with both of us in our discussions and this was important in building trust with her.  It was a great investment in our marriage.

S., Vernon, BC

EMDR helped me improve interpersonal relationships

I undertook personal counselling with Mary Graydon. This counseling showed that my reactions to traumatic events that I had thought long resolved continued to impact my thoughts, behaviours and interaction with others. Mary recommended EMDR as a way to resolve the lingering influences of these events. This therapy helped me develop responses to current challenges with more mature and healthy thoughts, behaviours and interactions. Mary provided warm, thoughtful guidance as I re-explored these events, found understanding, forgiveness (of myself and others) and a way to finally put these issue truly in the past. I will always be grateful to Mary for her support and the insight this EMDR process provided.

H., Vernon, BC

Couples counselling helpful

Mary was able to challenge us in ways that helped us grow as a couple. She is insightful, practical, and is not afraid to raise any topic for discussion.

A. and K., Vernon, BC

Family begins healing

Mary is a highly skilled therapist with a gift for connecting with others. I came to Mary encumbered with fear and failure. My relationship with my husband had deteriorated, our adult children were struggling, and we had been estranged from one family member for over a year. Mary helped our family move from a state of despair to one of hope. We had two sessions within a 3 week period. Under her guidance, in a safe environment, we started to connect with courage and respect. We are dealing with some of the hurt and pain of our past and taking action to move away from our cycle of dysfunction. One of my goals was to have a family dinner. This has happened. We are healing. Each of us is developing skills to improve relationships within the family. I take comfort in having Mary as our counsellor.

G., Vernon, BC