Dr. Mary Hill is a licensed clinical psychologist who works with individuals throughout the lifespan, including children, adolescents, and adults. She particularly enjoys improving interactions among family members (i.e. parent/child relationships), working with 8-12 year old boys, adolescents, and individuals exploring their sexual orientation. Other areas of interest include disturbances in mood, managing anxiety, sorting through life transitions (i.e. adolescence, new parents, and young adulthood), identity development, helping improve social-skills, and learning how to better manage intense emotions, such as anger. Additionally, Dr. Hill is well trained in the comprehensive psychological assessment of children and adolescents, including the evaluation of intellectual functioning, learning disabilities, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum disorders, and emotional functioning.
Dr. Hill graduated magna cum laude with a bachelors degree in psychology from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. She earned both her masters degree in psychology and doctoral degree (Ph.D) in clinical psychology from The University of North Texas in Denton, Texas.
Dr. Hill completed her predoctoral internship at the Texas Tech University Student Counseling Center where she provided outpatient treatment (individual, couples, and group therapy) to students enrolled through the university, as well as to individuals in the community as she elected to co-lead an intensive outpatient group through the Center for the Study of Addiction and Recovery. Dr. Hill’s internship experiences also included a couple’s therapy rotation through the Relationship Enhancement Center and a rotation focusing on sexual and gender identity concerns.
Her postdoctoral fellowship was through Children’s Medical Center of Dallas where she gained advanced clinical experience in the psychological assessment and treatment of children and adolescents through the Pediatric Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic and Psychiatric Day Treatment Program. Additionally, Dr. Hill led an intensive outpatient group for the families of children diagnosed with mood dysregulation, evaluated children suspected to meet criteria for an autism spectrum disorder, and facilitated group therapy for children aged 8 years to 12 years who attended the psychiatric day treatment program.
Within the therapy room, Dr. Hill relies upon accenting her clients’ competencies through a person-centered, interpersonal process approach and encourages open, honest communication. She also incorporates aspects of family systems, cognitive behavioral, and behavior therapies in an attempt to tailor her services according to the needs of each client and/or family. Dr. Hill believes remaining flexible in her approach is imperative because each case is unique and some of the most effective therapeutic moments come from spontaneous, creative problem solving in the moment. On a more personal note, Dr. Hill enjoys spending time with her family, including her son, and actively tries to model a work-life balance. She is a movie buff, music lover, reader, traveler, and an avid fan of the Texas Tech Red Raiders and Texas Rangers, though the Washington Nationals are a close second.