Counselor Profile--Mary Brenner

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.

Raphael House

Raphael House was dedicated and blessed on November 8, 2014 as the location for Counseling and Spiritual Direction at St. John’s.  Raphael House is located across from the playground and accommodates a counselor, several spiritual directors, and group sessions.  Raphael House is truly a center of healing of the mind and soul. pdf Counseling & Spiritual Direction at the Raphael House. (483 KB)

The house has been named after the Archangel Raphael. Unlike most saints, Raphael the Archangel was never a human being who lived on Earth, but instead has always been a heavenly angel who was declared a saint in honor of his work helping people on Earth. Saint Raphael the Archangel serves as the patron saint of healing, serving people who need healing for their bodies, minds, or spirits and helping the people who care for them (such as doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and counselors).

Each of the rooms in Raphael House has been named after a saint or title of Jesus or Mary.  St. Ignatius Room is dedicated to group sessions where weekly Retreat in Daily Life and Support Group sessions occur.  Good Samaritan Room accommodates the staff counselors.  The Good Shepherd Room, Marian Room, and the Visitation Rooms are the site of individual spiritual direction sessions.

 

St. John's Counseling Services

St. John's Counseling Center services are available to adult and youth parishioners and non-parishioners. An array of services are offered from short-term crisis to longer-term ongoing counseling options to suit a variety of life circumstances. 

Services are offered on a sliding scale according to family income. No one is refused services due to inability to pay. Services are payable at the time of service. In some instances testing is recommended; client is responsible for the expense of testing.

A fee of $25 will be charged for any appointment not canceled at least 24 hours in advance.

Counseling sessions are based on the 50-minute hour.

 

Location

St. John's Counseling Center is located across from the playground.

Scheduling

Day and evening appointments are available. Appointments may be made by calling at (405) 359-8539.

*Services are offered on a sliding scale and no one is refused services due to inability to pay.