Mary Baures is a writer and an artist who practices psychology in Peabody, Massachusetts. She holds a doctorate in clinical psychology from Antioch New England, a certificate of advanced graduate study in human development from Harvard University, and three master’s degrees – one in psychopharmacology from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, one in counseling from Boston University and one in creative writing from Boston University.
Before she became a psychologist, Dr. Baures was a writer. She interviewed writers such John Cheever and artists such as Minor White and published articles in the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine, the New Age Journal and many other publications. She taught creative writing in the MFA Program at Emerson College where she directed a highly successful writers’ conference.During her doctoral work, she noticed that most of the psychological literature described how people became ill from traumatic experiences. Many writers she knew used creativity to process the themes of a crisis and transformed in positive ways. Since they did not seek therapy, Dr. Baures felt that psychologists did not know much about their process.