Counseling Program Faculty

Mary M. Clarke, PhD
Full-Time Faculty
Pronouns: she/her

BA Psychology - University of Illinois at Chicago, 1999
MA Community Counseling - Loyola University Chicago, 2001
PhD Counseling Psychology with Multicultural emphasis - Loyola University Chicago, 2007

Dr. Clarke is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in trauma recovery including: complex PTSD, dissociation, and DID. She works with LGBTQ+, Trans, GNC, and Non Binary folks. Additionally, she has long-term therapy experience with personality concerns and other relational needs. In over 18+ years as a clinician, she has provided crisis assessment and treatment in a variety of settings, including: psychiatric hospitals, university counseling centers, a women's group practice, and at an LGBTQ+-centered practice.

Using an intersectional feminist and relational-cultural frame, Dr. Clarke works collaboratively with her clients and integrates strengths-based modalities such as relational psychodynamic, gestalt, and narrative approaches. She currently sees clients in her private practice in Oakland. She also provides consultation to individuals and groups.

Among Dr. Clarke's professional interests are vicarious trauma & resilience and compassion fatigue & satisfaction. She is passionate about supporting clinicians in their careers and helping them develop tools for sustainability. Her other professional interests include awareness of overall health needs for the LGBTQ+ and Trans communities; kink, lifestyle, and queer awareness in mental health; and the ethical development of counselors.

Outside of work, Dr. Clarke enjoys hiking, traveling, trying new restaurants in the Bay Area, and daydreaming about food in Chicago, her hometown. She unwinds by exercising, and watching any kind of cooking show.

Professional Memberships
American Psychological Association (APA)
     Division 35, Psychology of Women
International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD)
Northern California Group Psychotherapy Association (NCGPA)