Mary C. DeRocco, MA. LMHC, LMFT
Mary C. DeRocco is a licensed family counselor and mental health clinician who has lived and worked in Provincetown year round, since the mid-1980s. Mary received her masters degree in counseling psychology from Antioch University (New England Graduate School) and also completed an advanced training certificate program at the Cambridge Family Institute.
In the 1970s, Mary began working with women’s personal growth and social justice groups. In the 1980s, she held the position of Manager in the Department of Management and Organizational Development at Yale Medical Center, where she designed and conducted management training workshops and consultation retreats, with special focus on issues of women in leadership. Upon moving to Provincetown, she provided individual psychotherapy in private practice. As a psychotherapist, she also specialized in family and organizational systems, as well as group therapy for persons living with HIV and families/caretakers of individuals who have sustained brain injury (Boston Neurobehavioral Institute). Integrated into her work with clients is her belief that facilitating change starts from within oneself and within the context of one’s significant relationships.
In 1990, Mary co-founded and operated Ruby’s Provincetown Fine Jewelry, which came of age during the LGBTQ movement for social justice. During those years, she worked closely with couples from around the country, and the world, who came to Provincetown to celebrate their relationships by choosing commitment rings, and beginning in 2004, marriage rings. Mary closed her business in 2015.
Today, Mary is in her third year of being “REFIRED!” She is excited to return to her early passion of working with women to build community and effect social change. She is returning to her creative self by nurturing a commitment to a writing memoir, poetry and fiction, and awakening to growing old and the practice of listening to one’s inner voice.