Dr. Medina's psychotherapy practice is focused on working
with adults experiencing cognitive or neurological difficulty. This includes
people experiencing memory or attention problems, a neurological or
medical diagnosis, or those experiencing depression or
anxiety. Dr. Medina uses an integrative style to meet the needs of each client. Her psychotherapy techniques include
mindfulness and cognitive/behavioral based interventions to improve mood symptoms and enhance cognitive health and
wellness. Psychotherapy sessions are with individuals and/or their families
to help with ways to manage cognitive, behavioral, and emotional
Maggie's proven clinical experience is a result from working in acute inpatient rehabilitation, acute care hospitals, outpatient rehabilitation and public school settings. In addition to these experiences, Maggie worked at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) where she was selected to serve as a lead therapist for the Intensive Aphasia Program and worked closely with researchers from RIC's Center of Aphasia Research and Treatment to implement research into practice. Maggie served as a member of RIC's movement disorders clinic, which consisted of interdisciplinary evaluations and recommendations for patients with Parkinson's Disease and other movement related conditions. She uses her cumulative and wide-ranging experiences as the cornerstones to provide the most comprehensive treatment approach using the latest in peer-reviewed research. With her caring and creative approach, Maggie builds working relationships with patients quickly and personalizes therapy for every individual.
Mary O'Hara, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in practice since 2006. Mary has over 10 years of experience working with individuals and families living with progressive and neurodegenerative disease. She offers consultation, brief/short-term therapy, as well as ongoing counseling and guidance to individuals and families living with neurological disease. Mary's clinical services include individual and family counseling, advance care planning, resource navigation, advocacy and case management. Areas of Interest and Expertise Include:
- Younger Onset Dementia (Diagnosed Under 65), such as Younger Onset Alzheimer’s Disease (YOAD) Frontotempotal Degeneration (FTD) and Primary Progressive Aphasia (PPA)
- Mild Cognitive Impairment and early cognitive changes
- Living Alone with a Diagnosis of Dementia
- Counseling for Individuals with Early Stage Cognitive Change
- Non-Medical interventions to improve quality of life
- Changes in Relationships: couples and families
- Future Care Planning Discussions
- Resource Navigation and Referral
- Support Group Facilitation
**Mary will be speaking about Managing Difficult Behavior in FTD at the upcoming University of Colorado Michael K. Cooper Neuropsychiatry Conference on Frontotemporal Dementia on September 22, 2018 in Aurora, CO. For more information or to register, visit:
Mary brings a variety of experience to her role at Rocky Mountain Neurobehavioral Associates. She has worked as a social worker in a Skilled Nursing Facility, at The Alzheimer's Association Nation Office 24-Hour Call Center, and as the Assistant Director of Education at Northwestern University's Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer's Disease Center. She has focused much of her career on designing programs for people in the early stages of a dementia diagnosis, researching non-medical interventions for people with an early-stage dementia, advocating for the needs of families living with a diagnosis, as well as community education and outreach.
Mary received her BA from Boston College, where she majored in Sociology. She went on to receive an Masters of Arts in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago. Mary is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (#4197) in the state of Colorado.