Hi, I’m Mary

My life purpose is to work with individuals and groups to transform suffering into joy and happinessand restore the mind, body, and heart to wholeness.

My life purpose is to work with individuals and groups to transform suffering into joy and happiness and restore the mind, body, and heart to wholeness

Through my private practice in Madison, NJ, I provide support, hope, and transformation for those coping with grief and loss and other life transitions and challenges.  I see people individually and run groups for those who are bereaved. 

Mary Robinson

Mary Robinson, MA, CT, is currently in private practice in Madison, NJ where she works primarily as a grief therapist for individuals coping with grief, loss, and life transitions of any kind. She is the Founder and Executive Director Emeritus of Imagine, A Center for Coping with Loss located in Mountainside, NJ. She is also the Founder and former Executive Director of Good Grief in Morristown, NJ. Mary has over 35 years of business and clinical expertise in both the corporate and nonprofit sectors. Leaving the corporate world in 1997 to work full-time in the field of grief support, Ms. Robinson is committed to creating communities where children, teens, families, and adults coping with loss get the support they need to thrive, be resilient, and develop the coping tools and skills needed to manage all of the transitions of life.

Mary has an MA in Applied Psychoanalysis, a Certification in Trauma and Resilience, and is a Certified Thanatologist, the study of death and dying. She is a member of the Association for Death Education and Counseling, the National Alliance for Grieving Children, and is a member of the Board of the Academy for Clinical and Applied Psychoanalysis in Livingston NJ.

She is also available to provided training and presentations to your company or group on grief in the workplace, supporting yourself and others coping with loss, and how to support grieving children, teens, friends, colleagues, and co-workers.

Hi, I’m Mary

My life purpose is to work with individuals and groups to transform suffering into joy and happiness and restore the mind, body, and heart to wholeness

Through my private practice in Madison, NJ, I provide support, hope, and transformation for those coping with grief and loss and other life transitions and challenges.

Mary Robinson

Mary Robinson, MA, CT, is currently in private practice in Madison, NJ where she works with individuals coping with grief, loss, and life transitions of any kind. She is the Founder and Executive Director Emeritus of Imagine, A Center for Coping with Loss located in Mountainside, NJ where she continues to provide development and program consulting and support. She is also the Founder and former Executive Director of Good Grief in Morristown, NJ. She has over 35 years of business, management, technical, training, and clinical expertise in both the corporate and nonprofit sectors. Leaving the corporate world in 1997 to volunteer and work full-time in the field of children’s grief support, Ms. Robinson is committed to creating communities where children, teens, families, and adults coping with loss get the support they need to thrive, be resilient, and develop the coping tools and skills needed to manage all of the transitions of life.

Mary has an MA in Applied Psychoanalysis, a Certification in Trauma and Resilience, and is a Certified Thanatologist, the study of death and dying. She is a member of the Association for Death Education and Counseling, serves on the Board of the National Alliance for Grieving Children, and is Chair of the Board of the Academy for Clinical and Applied Psychoanalysis in Livingston NJ.

She is also available to provided training and presentations to your company or group on grief in the workplace, supporting yourself and others coping with loss, and how to support grieving children, teens, friends, colleagues, and co-workers.

“Tell me what it is you plan to do with your one wild and precious life.”

Mary Oliver

“Tell me what it is you plan to do with your one wild and precious life.”

Mary Oliver

Why work with me?

I have spent the past 25 years working with children, teens and adults who are bereaved due to the death of an important person in their lives, and ten years working successfully with people of all ages coping with disordered eating. I also work with individuals coping with trauma, depression, anxiety and life transitions such as separation, divorce, adoption.

My associates specialize in working with youth and adults on the spectrum, adolescents, people diagnosed with schizophrenia and bi-polar disorder, and with new parents. One of us will more than likely be the best fit for you and we will work with you to find that fit whether with us or someone we can recommend.

We believe it is the capacity of the therapist to listen with unbiased attention or agenda and in collaboration with our clients, that creates the therapeutic environment for each person to discover their own unique path to wholeness and the life they want for themselves and those they love.

Call or email for a free consultation

908-334-5723 or email mary@marylrobinson.com

I believe each individual has within themselves the capacity to heal. My goal is to enable each person to find their own creative solutions to life’s challenges. Sometimes this involves patiently being with someone as they tell the story of their life and talk about the issues that bring them to therapy. Others respond better to a more directive, problem-solving approach. No matter what, it is the calm, accepting space provided in the therapeutic relationship that leads people to discover for themselves what drives their behavior and feelings, and what they really want in life. Together we will work to unlock and resolve the puzzling repetitions and resistances that are not in service of you living the life you want. 

“Mary is a dynamic extraordinary leader, with energy and passion to make the world a better place, especially for children who have experienced the loss of a parent or sibling.”

Cheryl Bonini Ellis, Author, Speaker & Inspiring Podcast Guest, High Performance Trainer & Coach

“Mary is an inspiring, effective and passionate leader with a huge amount of heart. Among Mary’s many gifts is that she sees the big picture and pays attention to the details. She is a consummate professional and a complete pleasure to work with. By ensuring that children don’t have to lose years of their lives to unresolved grief like she did, Mary has created something invaluable in Imagine A Center for Coping with Loss.”

Jennifer Krauss

“Mary has unique singularity of vision and purpose, and her dedication to helping families process grief is remarkable. The children (and adults) who participate cannot say enough good things about how much support and assistance they receive.”

Bari Adelman

“Mary is a passionate, visionary leader in the field of grief support for children and their families. Imagine is the outcome of Mary's years of experience, her caring heart, her skills at creating community and her desire to make a difference in the lives of grieving children.”

Connie Palmer, LCSW

“Mary Robinson commits to excellence with compassion, intelligence and integrity. Mary articulates her vision with wisdom and is thoughtful and insightful.”

Melinda Allen-Grote, LCSW, Founder, A Remembered Voice, LLC

“From the moment life begins, human growth depends on accepting and mastering loss. The alternative to feeling loss in our gut is to risk irreversible damage to the life that remains.”

Lily Pinkus

“From the moment life begins, human growth depends on accepting and mastering loss. The alternative to feeling loss in our gut is to risk irreversible damage to the life that remains.”

Lily Pinkus

Commonly asked questions

Do you work with people who are dealing with other issues besides grief and loss?

Yes, I work with people who are coping with all types of difficult issues and life challenges.

Do you work with children?

Yes, I work with children age 3 and up.

Is there a limit to the number of sessions I can have?

There is no limit to the number of sessions an individual or group can have and there is no typical or average length of time to be together in treatment. Each person and situation is unique to the individual and the changes or growth desired. Some issues prove to be more sticky or intractable and some more easily addressed.

Can I attend virtually?

In addition to seeing people at my office in Madison, I also meet for sessions by phone, and virtually via Zoom. If meeting in person is not possible, I suggest zoom, and then phone. Groups can be a mix of in-person and virtual.

Can I attend in person?

Yes, in person always works best as it allows both the client and the therapist to experience all the feelings and communications in the room. This simply provides more information to inform the treatment and determine the most appropriate interventions and therapeutic approach.

Do you accept insurance?

I currently do not accept third party payments through insurance though some clients are able to get reimbursed for my services through their Out of Network insurance. I work with each person individually to arrive at a fee that works and is sustainable.

What is your fee?

My fee is $150 an hour. However if that is not possible for a client and we decide working together is advisable and desirable, I will work with the individual to arrive at a fee that works best. I have some leeway to offset fees or make referrals for sliding scale therapists or other resources to ensure that each individual receives the support necessary.

“Grief is not a disease, a disorder, or a sign of weakness. It is an emotional, physical, and spiritual necessity. It is the price we pay for love.”

Rabbi Earl Grollman

“Grief is not a disease, a disorder, or a sign of weakness. It is an emotional, physical, and spiritual necessity. It is the price we pay for love.”

Rabbi Earl Grollman

Resources

Please find here links to websites and PDFs with vetted information and resources for those coping with grief and loss and other mental health issues whether for yourself or others in your family or life. If you don’t see information on a topic for which you are looking, please send me a request using the Ask Mary feature below.

Blog posts

Ask Mary

There is a lot of misinformation on the web, in the media, and even published in books, about grief and loss and other topics in the field of mental health. Here I answer commonly and not-so-commonly asked questions. If you have any questions you’d like answered, please ask them below. Unless you request otherwise they will be answered and included in the list of questions on this page. Your name will not be included.

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