(607) 280-1198
Mary Lauppe, LCSW
317 North Aurora Street,
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: (607) 280-1198 (confidential voicemail and telephone number)

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Areas Of Specialty

Depression is a debilitating state of mind. However, with support, encouragement, and a step by step approach, you will find that that there are ways to feel better through this collaborative and motivating approach. In each therapy session the focus will be set on motivationally structured steps, a series of actions that will enable you to move forward. 


As a trauma therapist, I incorporate the use of EMDR ( and supportive psychotherapy to address the history of the trauma.  Whether the trauma is major or small, the EMDR method unpacks it, by gently bringing those feelings to a different place, where you no longer need to suffer the debilitating effects of living within that trauma on a day to day basis.

Fear and anxiety

These feelings can be overwhelming, yet therapy can help.  It is a relief to share and talk about such emotions. I incorporate therapy with relaxation strategies: specific exercises that have been proven to be beneficial and supportive. 

Life transitions

You may be moving, starting a new job, getting a divorce.  All of these situations can be emotionally challenging.  You may find old patterns of fear arising, or your relationship struggles under the pressure of change.  Maybe there is a big decision to be made.  All of these feelings can be shared in a therapeutic context as we focus on the idea of change. Each session offers support—perhaps even a challenge—with all the options discussed in a safe and neutral context. Your ideas, needs and interests are the focus of the session.

Postpartum Depression

This has been one of my areas of expertise throughout the years of my therapy practice.  If you are feeling overwhelmed by the birth of your baby and struggling to cope with all the changes this entails, therapy can help by making a plan, involving others in helping you, and providing much needed support.

Play therapy

Among the most rewarding work is my ongoing therapeutic work with elementary aged children, using the method of play therapy.  Through play, a child is able to express their feelings and concerns - be it fear, anger, sadness or anxiety - and naturally come to a solution.  Promoting laughter and play in the sessions provides an atmosphere in which the child relaxes, often looking forward to the next session.

“If a problem is fixable, if a situation is such that you can do something about it, then there is no need to worry. If it's not fixable, then there is no help in worrying. There is no benefit in worrying whatsoever.”
Dalai Lama XIV