Dr. Mary Pelton-Cooper, PsyD

Licensed Psychologist

Registered Nurse

I have been practicing for over 20 years. My clinical psychology work has been with students in a university counseling center and with men, women, and teenagers in my private practice. I also do EAP work for miners and hospital employees. My approach varies with individual clients but is predominantly based on Relational, Interpersonal, and Cognitive Behavioral techniques.

My areas of expertise in psychology include women's health and psychological concerns across the lifespan, the effect of male and female gender roles on relationships, diversity in sexual orientation, Asperger/Autism in adult populations, ethics, and social justice for people with clinical diagnoses. I am also trained as an AsperCoach and I specialize in working with couples in which one or both has mild Autism.

Before my graduate work in clinical psychology I was an obstetrics and public health nurse.

For over a decade I taught psychology to undergraduates on a full time basis.
My course were

  • Sexual Behaviors: Psychological Perspectives
  • Psychology of Gender
  • The Ethics and Practice of Clinical Psychology
  • Psychology of Personality
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Psychopathology; (advanced abnormal psychology)
  • Practicum in Applied Behavioral Analysis

Recommended Books:

Stephen Snyder, M D
"Love Worth Making: How to have Ridiculously Great Sex In a Long-Lasting Relationship" St Martin's Press.

Eva Mendes Marriage and Lasting Relationships with Asperger's Syndrome (Autism Spectrum disorder). Jessica Kingsley Publishers

The Relationship Cure; John Gottman; A 5 Step Guide for Building Better Connections with Family, Friends and Lovers

Looking for Spinoza: Joy, Sorrow, and the Feeling Brain and other texts by
Antonio Damasio

Mindfulness: A Practical Guide
Watt, Tessa
MJF Books, New York


A podcast on Post Traumatic Growth

Take The ACE Quiz — And Learn What It Does And Doesn't Mean

Brene Brown
On shame, blame, vulnerability, and the way to empathy and creativity

Add to the therapy experience by writing about it

Adult Attachment Styles
This short introduction to adult attachment styles may help you understand some of your approaches to relationships and self care.

The secret to desire in a Long term relationship; Ted Talk

Links on Mindfulness by Jon Kabat Zinn:
How mindfulness can change your life
Life is right now

Romantic Relationships with Asperger's and Autism webinar

Aspergers Experts
A perspective on marriage by a person with Aspergers

Romantic Relationships with Autism Spectrum

How to Complain Effectively in a Relationship

Good relationships keep us happier and healthier

A short Story About Emotions

Got Cancer Questions? This Hotline Is Here To Help
The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle runs the Contact Center, which is funded mostly by the National Cancer Institute.
"There will be about 1.7 million Americans diagnosed with cancer this year. For many of them, access to good information can be the difference between life and death."

Classics in the Psychology of Women:

Toward a New Psychology of Women by Jean Baker Miller, M.D.

Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence--from Domestic Abuse to Political Terror by Judith Herman

Women's Growth in Connection: Writings from the Stone Center -- by Judith V. Jordan, et al www.jbmti.org