Mary Atwater

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Your life may not have turned out the way you expected, wanted or needed it to be.  Coaching clients want to work on those issues that have been bothering them, or that have diminished their level of enthusiasm.  In many cases, my clients have achieved their goals and instead of being happy, they feel empty.  Success is not what they imagined it would be.  They are disappointed with where they find themselves relative to where they thought they would be at this stage in their career and life.

Some highly successful executives seek out executive coaching knowing that although they excel in the working world, they have done so at the expense of their personal and social world.  Some executives struggle to maintain their success as they described having built a "house of cards."  My clients come to coaching when they feel that it is time for a change. They are looking for a fresh view of what is possible.

My education, training and experience as a psychologist helps me to empower you to be your best self.  I enjoy working with my clients in a non restrictive, non judgmental manner.  Executive coaching is different from a doctor patient relationship which requires maintaining a professional distance, setting strong boundaries, as well the assessment for pathology and a working diagnosis.  With executive coaching, I do not look for pathology, I look for workability.

As your executive coach, your assessment will be about "workability" - what works and what does not work. Coaching can be thought of metaphorically as two people taking a difficult hike on a mountain.  An executive coach is an expert in mountain climbing.  Having hiked the mountain more I have the advantage of seeing where you are, where you have been, and where you are going.  I will offer you new tools and I will challenge you to think and behave differently so you can begin to focus on your valued path - Living what you love.

As your coach, we will explore and consider what works and what does not work for you.  We will work together to identify what living a truly authentic life looks like.  We will consider your strengths and weaknesses and how you react or respond to family, friends and employees, and also the way you care or do not care for yourself.  We will look for areas where you have become avoidant and perhaps immobilized.  We will discover alternative paths for your life journey and seek more effective and efficient ways for you to hike and climb the mountain in a way that best fits your ideal valued direction.

Mary Atwater is a licensed clinical psychologist and an executive coach working in the greater Washington DC area. For the past ten years, Dr. Atwater has presented both locally and nationally on advanced mediation topics including, How Do You Make Decisions, Flexible Thinking in Mediation, Taking the Drama out of Mediation, Guildelines for Emotional Agility – Divorce and Beyond, and Neuro-Economics in Decision Making Process, and most recently, YPO - Authentic Leadership, Emotional Agility BootCamp - 2015.


  • Psy.D., Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, University of Denver
  • B.A., Magna cum Laude, Psychology, University of Colorado, Boulder
  • B.S., Biological Sciences, Environmental Health, Colorado State University


  • IOC - Fellow - Institute of Coaching, McClean Hospital Harvard Medical School
  • ACBS – Association of Contextual Behavioral Science, Coaching Special Interest Group
  • MPME – Maryland Program for Mediator Excellence.
  • IACP – International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • ACR – Association for Conflict Resolution
  • APFM – Academy of Professional Family Mediators
  • AFCC – Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • MPA – Maryland Psychological Association