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Mary Miyakawa

Mary Miyakawa, LCSW
Adoption & Attachment Therapist
Longview, WA

Mary is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with almost 30 years experience in child welfare and women's trauma recovery. She has been trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and other treatments that address recent developments in brain research.  She has followed the work of Bessel Van Der Kolk, one of the leading scientists in the healing of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID).  

Highlighting the effects of attachment disruption, multiple traumas and loss on the developing brain, Mary's work is informed by attachment theory and clinician/researcher's work such as the Karen Purvis' Institute.  With a plethora of information available to adoptive parents and clinicians, the road to resiliency is a positive one for all ages. 

Mary and her husband Edward, raised six adopted children on the Oregon Coast.  Today, she enjoys the blessing of seven beautiful grand children.  Her children are of Korean, Vietnam, East Indian, and African-American heritage. Mary believes they have been and still are, her best teachers. Mary has learned that the parenting of a child is a life time commitment that reaches into the next generation, creating a safety net for grand children who find themselves dealing with the racial and cultural biases of our nation.

Her theoretical basis highlights solution focused, strengths based, and narrative or honoring of each person's story. Her favorite way to work with children is through play therapy, and teaching play therapy to parents (filial therapy). Her passion is to reach out to adoptive families with realistic coaching that helps build strong, emotionally healthy children and happy, energized parents.