Mary Polce, Ph.D., a licensed professional counselor and developmental psychologist, joined Virginia Women’s Center in the fall of 2009.
Dr. Polce believes that women’s mental health is as important as physical health. She provides therapy for general women’s issues and has expertise with anxiety, stress and depression, breast cancer, menopause, chronic illnesses, eating disorders and body image issues, parenting and mindfulness-based counseling. She is also skilled in working with women with loss and grief, divorce and relationships, and transition issues.
She has been a licensed professional counselor since 1990. In 1996, Dr. Polce earned a Ph.D. in developmental psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Polce received a Bachelor of Arts in special education from Marywood College in Scranton, Pennsylvania in 1980, graduating magna cum laude. She went on to receive a Master of Arts in counseling psychology and an education specialist degree in school psychology from James Madison University.
Most recently, Dr. Polce served as an American Psychological Association Congressional Fellow of the U.S. Senate in Washington, D.C. where she worked on health care policy. Prior to this, she was the associate director of the counseling center and a visiting assistant professor of psychology at Randolph-Macon College. At the beginning of her career, Dr. Polce worked as a school psychologist intern as well as a special education teacher.
She is a member of the American Psychological Association. And, past member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and American Association of Pastoral Counselors. Dr. Polce is a book author and has published numerous research and journal articles.