Dr. Mary DeRaedt


Dr. Mary DeRaedt

Assistant Professor, Counseling and Human Development

School: Graduate School of Education and Human Development


Dr. Mary DeRaedt is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Virginia and a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) with a Doctorate in Counseling and Supervision. She is a Clinical Professor at the George Washington University and provides psychotherapy for people of all ages at the Gil Institute for Trauma Recovery and Education. Dr. DeRaedt earned her bachelor’s degree in Education and Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling at Purdue University. Her doctoral work was completed at the George Washington University where she focused on effective treatments for children and adolescents coping with trauma, anxiety, non-suicidal self-injury, depression, behavior disorders and disordered eating. The focus of her research is on refugee trauma in children, both in the US and internationally. She has worked in Lebanon with a local NGO to promote trauma recovery for Syrian refugee children. She is trained in Theraplay, Integrative Trauma Focused Play Therapy, Parent Child Reunification Therapy, Early Mental Health Assessment (ages 0-5), Sand Tray Therapy, Trauma Assessment and Child-Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT), Child-Centered Play Therapy (CCPT), Extended Play Based Developmental Assessment (EPBDA) and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT).

Dr. DeRaedt is also dedicated to training and supervising the next generation of professional counselors to be trauma-informed and developmentally focused. Her current research is focused on the effective use of play and expressive arts in doctoral supervision training. She teaches courses in play therapy, trauma and crisis intervention, child and adolescent development, family therapy, internship in clinical supervision and human sexuality. She is a supervisor to clinicians across Virginia and Washington D.C. She is a registered supervisor in VA and is currently awaiting final certification as a Registered Play Therapist – Supervisor.

Dr. DeRaedt has also published articles addressing adult issues in the magazine The Capitol Standard. https://www.capitolstandard.com/author/maryderaedt/

Ph.D., The George Washington University

M.S., Purdue University

B.A., Purdue University

Zeglin, R. J., DeRaedt, M. R., & Lanthier, R. P. (2015). Does having children moderate the effect of child sexual abuse on depression? Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 24(6), 607-626. doi:10.1080/10538712.2015.1057664

DeRaedt, M. R. (2018) Factors influencing pathological dissociative features in Syrian refugee children, (Doctoral Dissertation)

Presenter (September, 2019) Creating Healing Trauma Narratives, Annual Conference of the European Branch of the American Counseling Association EB-ACA, Vienna, Austria

Presenter (June, 2019) Treating Traumatic Dissociation, Mid-Atlantic Play Therapy Training Institute, Arlington, VA

Presenter (June, 2019) Effective & Innovative Play Therapy Techniques: A Panel Presentation, Mid-Atlantic Play Therapy Training Institute, Arlington, VA

Presenter (May, 2019) Resilient Refugee Youth Voices: Trauma and Resilience, National Refugee Resettlement Affiliate Network Training and Conference

Presenter (Oct, 2018) Trauma, Dissociation, and Refugee Children: Understanding and Treatment, Annual Conference of the European Branch of the American Counseling Association EB-ACA, Athens, Greece

Presenter (June, 2018) Pathological Dissociation in Refugee Populations Mid-Atlantic Play Therapy Training Institute, Arlington, VA

Keynote Speaker (July, 2016) Trauma Informed Classrooms, Annual Teachers Conference, Beirut Lebanon

Symposium (June, 2017) Choosing an Effective Play Therapy Model: Understanding their Strengths and Differences, Annual Mid-Atlantic Play Therapy Training Institute

Symposium (July 2017) Contributor, Meaning Making in a Time of Terrorism, American Mental Health Counseling Association Annual Meeting.. Washington, DC.

Invited Paper (June/July 2015) Co-Author, Meaning Making as a Therapeutic Healing Factor. Conference on Psychological Treatments for Victims of Terrorism. Universida Complutense de Madrid.