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Mary Louise Padilla, American psychotherapist, play therapist. Licensed professional counselor, marriage and family therapist, Texas; national certified counselor; certified school counselor, Texas.


Padilla, Mary Louise was born on April 21, 1943 in Dayton. Daughter of Louis Sidney and Lillian Mary (Everett) Lyon.


Bachelor of Science, Indiana State University, 1965. Master of Education, University North Texas, 1976. Doctor of Philosophy, University North Texas, 1987.


Elementary teacher Garland (Texas) Indiana School District, 1965-1973. Volunteer counselor, playtherapist Family Resource Center, Albuquerque, 1977-1979. Counselor for the emotionally disturbed Education Service Center Region X, Richardson, Texas, 1981-1982.

Stress management instructor Metro-McGee Associates, Inc., Arlington, 1988-1991. Private practice Dallas, since 1988. Allied mental health professional H.C.A. Willow Park Hospital, Plano, Texas, 1989-1992, Green Oaks Hospital, Dallas, since 1990.

Baylor/Richardson (Texas) Medical Center, since 1993. President Garland Classroom Teachers Association, 1971-1972.


Member Dallas Commission on Children and Youth, 1989-1991. Member child and adolescent committee Mental Health Association Collin County, 1990-1991. Member Kidtalk Task Force, Dallas, 1985-1986.

Speaker Mental Health Association Dallas, since 1985. Volunteer area captain Ramses the Great Exhibit, Dallas., 1989. Member American Counseling Association, North Center Texas Association Counseling and Development (president 1989-1990), Texas Counseling Association (awards chairman 1989-1990, 91-92, ad hoc committee on managed health care 1991, counselor issues committee since 1994, interprofessional mental health liaison committee for Texas since 1990, Outstanding Counselor award 1993, board directors since 1994), Texas Mental Health Counselors Association (senator 1990-1991), Dallas Metropolitan Association Counseling and Development (acting past president 1990-1991, programs 1991-1992, 92-93, Outstanding Mental Health Professional 1993), Association for Play Therapy (publications/materials coordinator 1988-1992, registered play therapist and supervisor), National Association for Education of Young Children., Texas Association Play Therapy (founder, charter president 1990-1993), North America Society Adlerian Psychology.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: travel, reading, knitting.


Married Alexander Ruben, November 25, 1967. 1 child, Eric.