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Mary Vicario


Mary Vicario, LPCC-S is the Founder of Finding Hope Consulting and a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor Supervisor, Certified Trauma Specialist who holds a Certificate in Traumatic Studies from Bessel van der Kolk’s Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute. 

Through her affiliation with the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute at Wellesley College and ongoing training at Harvard Medical School, Mary translates Relational-Cultural Theory (RCT) and neuroscience into in-home and community-based trauma programming to build resilience and improve stability for individuals of all ages and ability levels. 


Mary's Bio

Mary began her career as an elementary educator in Montessori and traditional schools, moved into school counseling and then into agency work specializing in trauma survivors. During her 30 years of experience, she has been a People to People counseling delegate to China and Mongolia and an international guest lecturer at universities and a conference on human trafficking in Germany. 

She has been part of several Strong Families, Safe Communities Grants through the Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services (OMHAS) and the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (ODODD) to further develop trauma informed curricula and link trauma informed communities in Ohio. She has also been active in the clinical implementation of several Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grants. 

Mary is co-author of the Foster Parents' Survival Guide; a workbook of everyday interventions based on the neuroscience of healing to assist anyone working with or caring for survivors of complex trauma, an International Play Therapy Journal article on Relational-Cultural Play Therapy, trauma responsive curricula for individuals with Intellectual and Development Disabilities (IDD), and a textbook chapter in S. Smith-Adcock and C. Tucker Eds. (2016), Counseling Children and Adolescents:  Connecting Theory, Development and Diversity for Sage Publishing.  

Mary assisted in the development and promotion of Tristate Trauma Network (TTN) and currently collaborates with the TTN to provide Theory to Practice training and consultation that qualifies individuals for Trauma Responsive Care Certification. 

One key component of Mary’s training and consultation is Trauma Informed Biographical Timelines (TIBT). Trauma Informed Biographical Timelines are a tool developed by Finding Hope Consulting used to help provide a clearer understanding of the intricate histories, strengths, resilience factors, needs, and challenging behaviors of individuals with complex trauma of all ages and ability levels. 

The participants of Mary’s training frequently comment on her ability to take complex information and make it easy to understand, applicable to their daily lives and jobs, and even fun!


Vicario, M., Hudgins-Mitchell, C., (2016).   Attachment, trauma, and repair from

infant to adolescent development:  Counseling implications from neurobiology.  In S. Smith-Adcock and C. Tucker (Eds.), Counseling Children and Adolescents.  Thousand Oaks, CA:  Sage.  

Vicario, M., Parran, G., Hudgins-Mitchell, C., (2015).  Integrative approaches to DBT:  Using expressive and sensory interventions to complement DBT.  Columbus, OH:  Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, Strong Families Safe Communities Grant.      

Vicario, M., Parran, G., Dasenbrock, K. (2015).  Module one:  Safety.  In Crew C., (Ed.) S.A.F.E. L.I.F.E. curriculum. (pp. 11 – 22). Cincinnati, OH: Ohio Department of Mental Health and Recovery Services Board & Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities’ Strong Families, Safe Communities Grant.

Vicario, M., Parran, G., Dasenbrock, (2015).   Module six:  Intimate relationships. In., Crew C.,(Eds) S.A.F.E. L.I.F.E. curriculum. (pp. 75- 82).  Cincinnati, OH: Ohio Department of Mental Health and Recovery Services Board & Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities’  Families, Safe Communities Grant.

Vicario, M., Hudgins-Mitchell, C., Corbisello, G., (2013). The foster parent survival guide. Cincinnati, OH: Finding Hope Consulting.

Vicario, M., Tucker, C., Adcock-Smith, S., Hudgins-Mitchell, C., (2013). Relational-cultural play therapy:  Re-establishing healthy connections with children exposed to trauma in relationships.  International Journal of Play Therapy, 22 (2), 103 – 117. 

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