SOUTHWEST HARBOR, Maine — Acadia Family Center has announced that Mary D’Alessandro is returning to work at the center after a nine-year hiatus. Mary was instrumental in founding the Center in 1989, and served as its executive director for 17 years. Acadia Family Center, located in Southwest Harbor, provides prevention, education and outpatient treatment services for adolescents, adults and families affected by substance abuse, chemical dependency and related mental health disorders.
Mary is a licensed clinical social worker with an M.S.W. from Boston College, and a licensed alcohol and drug counselor. While attending Boston College, she interned at MIT, providing counseling services to students and employees. Upon graduating in 2007, she was awarded a post-graduate fellowship at Harvard University, where she worked in the Student Counseling and Mental Health Services office.
She has worked in a variety of clinical settings, including community mental health centers, a substance abuse agency and several universities.
For the past five years, she has worked as a counselor for the Employee Assistance Program at the University of Maine in Orono, providing counseling services to faculty, staff, retirees and their family members, as well as external contracted institutions including the Jackson Lab, the Town of Veazie and UCU.
Mary brings a wealth of experience with over thirty years in the mental health field. She has a special interest in working with trauma survivors, women’s issues, relationship issues and addictions. She also has extensive experience addressing developmental concerns of early adulthood, dealing with cultural diversity and LGBT concerns, and offering life coaching and management consults.