Mary F. Baca, CWK, CCTP, RMT, LPCC is a Licensed Counselor in the state of New Mexico and Somatic Psychotherapist incorporating mind-body work in her therapeutic services. She has maintained (4) businesses - a thriving private practice, Odyssey Counseling, for over 30 years, employing several therapists, and a holistic practice Resilience Integrative Services which employs several holistic practitioners, as well as Shifting Perspectives Specialized Training Institute and Allies for First Responders. Mary actively utilizes holistic modalities in addressing her clients’ mental, physical, and emotional issues as a Holistic Counselor. She also has developed training curriculum for a “Holistic Counselor Certification”, has created her own Holistic modality "Quantum Alignment", and has attained her Reiki Master Teacher Certification. Mary is currently training and certifying other mental health providers, holistic practitioners, and first responders in holistic modalities.
Mary is available to help patients starting as young as age 12. She has completed trainings and certifications including : Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, EMDR training and certification in Level 1, 2, Group Protocol and several advanced trainings, EFT/Tapping, Intuitive guidance certification, cognitive behavioral therapy; behavior modification; wholistic kinesiology; Reiki Level 1, 2, 3 & Master Teacher. Included in Mary’s repertoire of specialty areas are PTSD, trauma, acute stress, depression, anxiety, grief, child abuse, workplace and organizational dynamics, domestic violence, sexual abuse, sexual assault, and more.
Mary began working with first responders 25 years ago. She herself was married to a police officer for 14 years also having friends and family in law enforcement and fire service, Mary quickly became passionate about helping this population and their families. Mary has been a professional trainer for over 20 years and is a licensed continuing education provider through the NM Counseling and Therapy Practice Board and nationally through the National Board of Counselors. Through her trainings she educates the public and workplace environments on a myriad of topics. Included BUT not limited to is raising awareness about the emotional occupational hazards involved in the fields of law enforcement, fire, EMS, dispatch/911 operators, corrections, medical investigators, victims advocates, child/adult protection, and medical professionals.
Mary realizes first responders come from a specialized culture and has created numerous trainings for professionals that want to work with first responders and trauma-based career professionals. Mary has a first responder training team she feels is a powerful collaboration in delivering several of these trainings. Mary started a non-profit organization called “Behind The Badge NM" in 2016 which has a peer support team, annual fundraisers, and assists first responders with paying for counseling and ancillary services like therapeutic massage, meditation and reiki as a means of addressing their health and wellness needs.
In the span of Mary's 30+ year career Mary has conducted trainings and classes all over the state. She has provided trainings for NM Office of the Medical Investigator, NM District Attorney’s Office, NM Attorney General’s Office, NM Coalition of Sexual Assault Program, CNM, UNM Nursing and Allied Health, and several private companies in addition to the general public through her business “Shifting Perspectives Specialized Training Institute.
Mary loves people and animals and feels it is her life purpose to help promote healing in both these arenas.