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Mary Watson, MD

MD, Medical Director


  • Medical Director

  • Psychiatry

  • Psychotherapy

  • Pharmacotherapy / Medication Management

  • Vitamin Supplement Support

  • Spirituality and Mental Health


Dr. Watson is a board-certified adult psychiatrist with training in both psychotherapy and psychopharmacology. After receiving her M.D. from Tulane University School of Medicine, she completed her medical internship and psychiatry residency at UC Davis Medical Center. She has completed mentorships with top professionals in the fields of Psychoanalysis and Mindfulness Therapy in addition to utilizing techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Gestalt Therapy, Jungian Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Relational Therapy and other approaches. She has worked in educational, crisis assessment, inpatient, intensive outpatient and private practice settings. Her emphasis is on helping clients recognize entrenched patterns of behavior and make informed choices in the present moment to create one’s preferred experience of reality. She prescribes medication or vitamin supplements where appropriate, always cognizant of the bigger context.

Dr. Watson helps clients work with the powers of symbolism and belief in defining their identity and purpose. She is a student of Metaphysics and is an Initiate of the Rosicrucian Order. She has studied the human story through mythology and folklore, the dramatic arts, literature, philosophy, theology, social sciences, chemistry, physics and the occult. She has a special interest in working with clients who see things from the perspectives of past lives, spiritual awakening, contact and paranormal phenomena. Clients facing these issues can expect to be received by Dr. Watson with compassion and acceptance.

Education & Background

Degrees and Certifications

  • 2010: Diplomate, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

  • 2007: Psychiatrist, completion of residency at UC Davis Medical School

  • 2004: Medical Internship completed, UC Davis School of Medicine

  • 2003: Medical Doctor, M.D. earned at Tulane University School of Medicine

  • 1998: Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Certificate, Mills College

  • 1993: Bachelor of Fine Art in Acting (B.F.A.), University of Texas at Austin

  • Medical Licenses: AZ (current), CA (current), TX (expired)


Governing Boards

  • 2020 – Present: President – Tribe Wellness Foundation Board of Directors

  • 2020: Director – Steps To Recovery Homes Board of Directors


Schools Attended

  • Austin Community College

  • Bennington College

  • Mills College

  • Tulane University School of Medicine

  • University of California Davis

  • University of California Los Angeles

  • University of California San Diego

  • University of Texas Austin

  • Vassar College

  • Yale University


Psychotherapy Mentorships

  • Donald Kripke, M.D. – psychoanalysis

  • Diana Shimkus, LCSW – mindfulness therapy


Academic Appointments

  • Sept 2020 – present Adelphi University – Field Instructor – psychotherapy

  • Austin Medical Education Program

  • Associate Professor – Instructed psychiatry residents in psychodynamic psychotherapy, time-limited psychotherapy, CBT and other approaches in addition to general psychiatry education.

Inpatient Attending Psychiatrist

  • Sacramento County Mental Health Treatment Center, Sacramento, CA

  • Shoal Creek Hospital, Austin, TX

  • Behavioral Health Unit, Tri-City Medical Center, Vista, CA


Outpatient Attending Psychiatrist

  • IOP – Intensive Outpatient Program, Tri-City Medical Center, Vista, CA

  • Mary Watson, M.D. – private practice, Carlsbad, CA

  • Northern Arizona Healthcare Psychiatry – established and ran an outpatient psychiatry clinic in Cottonwood, AZ

  • Tribe Wellness – comprehensive mental health care in Sedona, AZ


  • Jan 2020 – present Tribe Community Clinic – Attending Psychiatrist offering free psychiatric services to Steps to Recovery Homes clients.

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