Mary Mannhardt, M.Ed (Counselor In-Residence)
I am Mary Mannhardt, a Christian counselor specializing in individual therapy with a private practice in Fredericksburg, VA. I graduated from Liberty University and Georgia State and have been a practicing therapist for more than 15 years. My areas of expertise are mood and eating disorders, and relationship issues.
I wrote the book “Dark Marathon”, available on Amazon.com, which shares my personal story of how I ended my career as a world-class runner with a suicide attempt that left me a paraplegic. After years of my own therapy, I am now helping others to be overcomers. I’ve spoken on National TV shows including The Today Show and NBC News Tonight. You can read more about me in the following articles published in Fredericksburg.com, Times Leader, and The Hoya.
I believe my counseling is unique because I counsel from both a professional and personal perspective. When I was a senior in high school I developed severe anorexia and this led to clinical depression. I was a world-class runner on a track scholarship at Georgetown University when I tragically tried to end my own life by jumping form a bridge. My attempt at suicide was not the end of my life, but a new beginning as I surrendered my life to Christ shortly thereafter. I have been a paraplegic for 35 years, as a result of my action. I counsel with purpose and passion knowing the pain that comes with serious struggle. If you are looking for a counselor with not just professional knowledge, but someone who understands your heartache, please contact me. For more info check out the following articles.