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Mary Triulzi, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

"Healthy relationships are essential in order to feel connection and meaning. When we have felt let down or harmed by another, we may feel challenged, or even avoidant, to fully trust others again. Throughout my life I have witnessed the innate ability people have to adapt, heal and grow after experiencing relationship trauma. We can learn new relationship skills and build meaningful and intimate connections with others at any stage of development. I have always been amazed by peoples’ resiliency and have wished to be supportive of healing in some way. I feel honored to be invited to support clients in their growth process."

Mary received her Master’s in Social Work from Smith College, School for Social Work. She received her Bachelor of Arts, with a concentration in Sociology, at the University of MA, Amherst. She is a California Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). Previously to working at Talk-a-While, Mary provided therapeutic services to adults, couples, families and children. Mary understands the importance of being present, transparent, and compassionate while providing therapy. She respects that each individual has their own expression and pathway to wellness. She holds great hope for her clients and believes that growth and healing is within reach of every person – whether one is coping with a life adjustment or suffering from a lifetime of developmental and complex trauma. Mary’s therapeutic approach is to help clients to understand themselves from a whole-person perspective, so that their healing can be more fully integrated. She helps both adult and child clients to find more adaptive ways of coping with trauma triggers and other life challenges.


Mary specializes in providing therapy for foster, adoptive and adopted children. She has worked extensively with families and has helped children who experience behavior difficulties. She has provided education and advocacy for school staff and other professionals. In addition, Mary holds a specialty in working with young children, as young as 15 months old, using various modalities, including family therapy, play therapy, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, PC-Care and PCIT. Mary is open to providing therapy for all ages of clients but is most experienced in working with children age 12 and under, with families, and with adults and couples.

Licensing and Education

  • Clinical Social Work License #85182

  • Master’s in Social Work, Smith College School for Social Work

  • Bachelor of Arts in UWW (concentration Sociology) University of MA, Amherst

Specialized Training

  • Flash Technique (EMDR technique)

  • Parenting Educator, (Positive Discipline)

  • Parenting Educator, Triple P (Positive Parenting Program)

  • PCIT/PC-Care Certified (UC Davis Program)

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), with Trauma Focused training (TF-CBT)

  • ​Sensory Motor Arousal and Regulation (SMART)

  • Sensorimotor Integration Play Therapy

  • Whole-child Approach


Clinical Background

  • Leaps and Bounds Program, Clinical Supervisor, Santa Cruz, CA

    • provide weekly individual and group supervision for Children’s Services Coordinators (CSC) to ensure children and parents are receiving needed support such as therapy, specialized services such as developmental specialists, and other community-based resources  

    • support ongoing clinical training, and professional growth of CSC including review of CSC clinical work

    • manage day to day operations and staff supervision

    • conducted Management of North Carolina Family Assessment Scales (NCFAS) and all other assessments

    • manage Leaps and Bounds partnership with Family Preservation Court (family drug court)


  • ​Leaps and Bounds Program, Children’s Services Coordinator, Santa Cruz, CA

    • provided evidence-based approaches when delivering individual and family therapy to promote safe parenting and support the socio-emotional well-being of children

    • provided psychoeducation on stages/milestones of child development to parents to support parenting practices and expectations

    • counseled and provided resource support to adults with AOD (Alcohol and other drug abuse) and complex trauma including harm reduction services

    • provided crisis intervention support

    • administered various developmental screening tools, and employed appropriate treatment modalities to foster positive parent-child relationships for parents and children ranging from infants to young children

    • collaborated with immediate partners – Health Services Agency (HSA), Family Preservation Court; Family and Human Services Department (HSD), Family and Children’s Services (Social Workers); HSA Substance Use Disorder Services; HSA Child and Adolescent Behavior Health Services

    • coordinated and collaborated with community services such as housing services, San Andreas Regional Center, Pediatric Therapies, Developmental specialists, and School County Office of Education


  • Clinical and Support Options, Outpatient Clinic, Northampton, MA

    • provided outpatient therapy services to children, adolescents, couples and families

    • conducted formal intake assessments, developed treatment plans and goals, and provided parent psychoeducation services

    • specialized in delivering sensorimotor oriented therapy for children ages 1 through 13 years

    • delivered relational therapy for clients experiencing complex trauma, developmental wounding, structural dissociation and attachment

    • provided consultation, support, and advocacy for parents of children receiving special education and related support services

    • collaborated with third-party providers such as social workers, school teachers/staff, sensory integration therapists, and other medical providers for care coordination

    • worked with school-based clients ages birth – 12 years of age to deliver mental health consultation for teachers and other school staff regarding students with behavioral issues 0 - 12 years; provided in classroom support of child 0 - 12 years, as requested by teacher director.


  • Child Guidance Clinic, Springfield, Massachusetts

    • provided individual assessment, treatment planning, and psychotherapy services to socio-culturally diverse child and adult population, including family therapy

    • specialized in Social Justice Mediation, relational/complex trauma, developmental wounding, structural dissociation and attachment

    • provided consultation and training for teachers/staff in the Springfield and West Springfield areas

    • led CBI Rainbow Dance (acute trauma prevention and intervention for family and children) at homeless shelter


  • Valley Psychiatric Services, Springfield, Massachusetts

    • delivered psychotherapy for adults to address substance use disorders, maladaptive coping, anger management, relational/complex trauma, structural dissociation, and attachment issues (did you also do anxiety, depression, any other DXs)

    • provided referrals for housing, legal assistance, and other community services

    • designed and developed a Women’s Therapeutic Writing Group, incorporating treatment modalities of DBT, Mindfulness, Feminist Therapy, Exposure Therapy, and Psychodynamic Therapy

    • coordinated and supported the Co-Occurring Disorder Men’s Program

Associations & Memberships

  • National Association of Social Works (NASW) - CA