Clinical Director: Mary Flora, PhD
Dr. Mary Flora is a native of Atlanta, Georgia, and holds a Master’s of Business Administration from Brenau University, a Master’s of Counseling Psychology from the Pacifica Graduate Institute and a PhD in Psychology from Saybrook University. She is licensed as a Clinical Mental Health Counseling Supervisor and a Clinical Addictions Specialist Supervisor. Dr. Flora has worked with adolescents and their families since 2006 in therapeutic wilderness and residential treatment program settings. She is also certified in Brainspotting and is an advocate for its efficacy in adolescents impacted by trauma.
Dr. Flora was led to become a mental health professional through her teaching and volunteering opportunities beginning in 2000 as a Certified International Therapeutic Riding Instructor with the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH). She loved to work alongside the horses and youth, adolescents and adults with physical and intellectual differences and continues to have a fervor for equine therapy. Dr. Flora then made the decision to transition to wilderness programs in North Carolina, where she was trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and treated adolescent boys and girls with substance use disorders. She is passionate about the transformative effects of being outdoors and has carried these experiences with her into residential treatment. In her spare time, Dr. Flora enjoys running and being involved with local equine programs.
“Man needs difficulties; they are necessary for health.” – Carl Jung