Mary Beth Dziedzic is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Providence, RI. Mary Beth’s practice NOURISH is an innovative and holistic fusion of traditional talk therapy and other active therapeutic approaches, including walking/running therapy, ecotherapy, and yoga therapy. Mary Beth believes in the healing capabilities of a strong mind-body connection and a clear personal purpose, which she helps clients cultivate in the face of major life transitions, relationship challenges, or high stress times.
We asked Mary Beth more about her work with clients and her guiding philosophies on therapy.
Mary Beth’s background and personal life
How did you decide to become a therapist?
To be honest, I'm not sure there was ever really a first moment or event when I knew I wanted to become a therapist. What I do know is that finding my purpose as a therapist has been the byproduct of embracing my curiosities, taking risks, challenging myself physically, mentally and spiritually and adhering to what's true for me. It's been a few decades full of highs and lows in the making. The connective tissues weaving throughout are my innate desire to be of service to others and love for nourishing conversations!
What was your previous work before going into private practice?
Before landing in private practice, I worked in psychiatric hospitals, community-based health care settings, wilderness therapy, social justice think tanks, advertising, yoga studios. I even dabbled in the 9-5 corporate world for a bit only to quickly realize that was NOT for me. I have walked in and out of many arenas but all have been opportunity for expansion and growth, although it did not always feel like that. It's only been in hindsight and with reflection, that I've learned that every moment was meant for me and no moment was wasted.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Free time?!! What's that?!?! As a mom, business owner, entrepreneur, partner, my life is very full. I am truly grateful to be surrounded by the good company of family, friends and nature. I do make a real concerted effort though to prioritize my own well-being (I call them my non-negotiables!) and enjoy nourishing myself through movement (running, walking, yoga), traveling, reading and/or occasionally binge-watching a good show on my couch.
Mary Beth’s specialties and therapy philosophies
What guiding principles inform your work?
I believe: where you are today does not define who you are; Google cannot satisfy every search; nature nurtures and mood follows action. I believe all that you are seeking is already within you. It is waiting for you and you have the strength and capabilities within your whole self- body mind and spirit- to unearth it.
What clientele do you work with most frequently?
My practice is a brave, safe space open to those searching for their purpose, hungering for wellness and wanting support.
Can you tell us more about your work helping clients strengthen the mind-body-spirit connection?
"To heal" means "to make whole." Working with me, we move and rest, converse and quiet so you can explore your whole self — body, mind, soul — learn to skillfully attune to your needs and choose to NOURISH yourself in a way that fosters growth. We talk together. We walk together. We flow together. It is an integrated, holistic approach for your whole being for your whole being to grow.
Can you tell us more about the emphasis you place in your practice on helping clients find their purpose?
Studies from some of the longest-lived people on earth show that having a sense of purpose, along with regular exercise and social connection, contributes to a longer, healthier life. To find purpose, we must explore the bright lights and the dark shadows, the pleasures and the pain. So let’s talk about what brings you joy and what makes you feel alive. Let’s also talk about what unsettles your soul and the fears holding you back. It’s a conversation that takes commitment, patience and courage.
Can you tell us about your unique eco/nature-based therapy approach?
The 25-year-old field of Ecotherapy, or green therapy or nature-based therapy, explores how our relationship with nature is an essential and therapeutic part of our humanity. It affirms that to be truly healthy and whole, we must allow nature to nurture. Ecotherapy has ancient roots in indigenous people’s knowledge of the healing powers of nature and practices of honoring the Earth. Its modern roots are in the interface of ecology, environmental activism and psychology, to name a few. Here at NOURISH, we go outside and use Mother Nature as a teacher and reconnect with our roots. Plus, research proves that spending time outdoors is one of the best ways to reduce stress and overwhelm and dramatically shift your physical and emotional state!
What do you find most rewarding about your work?
Simply put, witnessing my client's growth.
Therapy sessions with Mary Beth
What will our first session together be like? What happens in ongoing sessions?
If NOURISH is an approach you decide to explore, we will begin our work together virtually via a HIPAA-secure video platform. Here, we discuss your current concerns, your history, your overall health (physical, emotional, financial, spiritual), sleep and eating patterns, stressors, hopes, dreams, interests, fears, your therapeutic goals, amongst many other topics. The information gathered during these initial visits help us craft a completely custom plan for your unique nourishment, which may or may not include walking/running therapy, ecotherapy and/or yoga therapy.
During this time we will also review policies and procedures, risks and benefits, fees, payment options and complete any necessary paperwork. If you choose to participate in outdoor sessions, we will discuss how your confidentiality and privacy will be protected, how we will handle potential run-ins with people you may know while we are working together, and, of course, the weather!
After that, depending upon your preference, we venture to the trails, the beach, the pavement or the couch, for a 60-minute session. For those wanting more time, 90-minute sessions are available upon request.
How long do clients typically see you for?
Therapy is an investment in you- your time, your energy, your money, your health, your well-being. How much support you want is totally dependent on you.
Are there any books you often recommend to clients?
I have too many to list! Some of my current favorites include:
- Glennon Doyle's Untamed
- Brene Brown's podcast
- Adam Grant's Think Again
- Stephen Cope's The Great Work of Your Life
Visit Mary Beth’s profile to read more about her and book an initial call!