Mary Brenner, LPC, NCC
My husband and I have relocated to Edmond after more than twenty years in Woodward, OK. I grew up in Ottawa KS, and graduated from Kansas State University. In 1981, I was recruited to teach in Moore, OK. My plan was to teach for a few years then go into the Peace Corps. I met my husband and have remained an Okie ever since.
We have two adult children. Benjamin attended the University of Oklahoma and Elizabeth graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma. My husband is second-generation oil field worker and has recently retired. I have retired after 32 years in public education during which I taught science, coached, and was a career and high school counselor.
In the late 90’s, I upgraded my licensure to become an LPC. As an LPC I worked in a private agency that provided a very eclectic practice. We offered marriage and family counseling for grief, adjustment disorders, depression, and anxiety as well as a wide variety of services to children and single women in the areas of transition.
While in Woodward I served on the NW Critical Incident Team that provides support to schools and agencies while coping with traumatic loss. I am an active Mental Health responder with the American Red Cross and worked in areas after hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Sandy and the Moore and Woodward tornadoes. Recently I obtained training and certification in CPT, which is used to address psychological health with our men and women in the armed forces. These men and women have a special place in my heart.
In closing it is my hope that the Raphael House Counseling Center will be of service to the parishioners of St. John’s as a resource to learn new skills or improve the skills they have when they hit the rough spots in life, so they may live the deeply fulfilled, peaceful life Christ intends for all of us.
You can reach me at the Counseling Center at (405) 359-8539.