After graduating from CLU in 1986, Mary Neal Vieten received her master’s in counseling from Boston University and a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. As a board certified clinical psychologist, Vieten focuses most of her time on post-deployment veterans issues.
She served 10 years on active duty as a clinical psychologist for the Navy. After transferring to Navy Reserve in 2008, she opened a private practice in Leonardtown, Md., and co-founded the nonprofit organization MISSION: PTSD to help meet the needs of veterans.
The vast majority of Vieten’s career focuses on the care of veterans. Her private practice provides pro-bono or low-cost treatment in an effort to bridge the gap for veterans who are suffering from hard core PTSD and have not been helped by other programs, are not well enough to navigate the complexity of veterans services, or have no health insurance or means to pay.
She is outspoken concerning the state of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and serves as a consultant to the Tri-County Council of Southern Maryland on veterans issues. She has a strong connection to the lieutenant governor’s “Maryland’s Commitment to Veterans” program and is frequently called upon to provide same- or next-day evaluations for veterans who can’t be seen by the VA for weeks or months.
Vieten is also an adjunct psychology instructor for St. Mary’s College of Maryland. She and her husband, Detlef, live in Lexington Park with their three daughters, 16, 10 and 3. The youngest was adopted from China in October 2009 at 14 months.
“Helping her catch up physically, developmentally and medically has been challenging and exciting,” said Vieten. “When she arrived, she couldn’t even roll from her back to her front and now, at age 3, she is on target for almost everything.”