Mary Jo Rapini

Mary Jo Rapini

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Mary Jo is a popular speaker across the nation, with multiple repeat requests to serve as key-note speaker for national conferences. Her dynamic style is particularly engaging for those dealing with intimacy issues and relationship challenges, or those simply hanging on to unasked questions about sex in relationships.

Mary Jo Rapini, M.Ed., LPC grew up on the frozen tundra of Wisconsin as number six of nine children. She survived life in the small town of Bancroft to pursue an initial career as a licensed vocational nurse at Marshfield Clinic and the University of Iowa. Later she obtained a bachelor's degree in psychology at the University of Denver, where she received the Hornbeck Scholarship Award. She graduated with a master's degree (M.Ed.) in counseling from the University of Houston in 1987, and is a now Licensed Professional Counselor. 

Mark Jo is a firm believer in the value of diet, exercise, and faith in psychological wellbeing. Her faith was strengthened by her near-death experience of a ruptured cerebral aneurysm in 2003, from which she has had a miraculous, complete recovery without neurological deficit. Mary Jo has run in several marathons and ultra-marathons, including Houston, Boston, the Grand Canyon, Pike's Peak, and the Huntsville Sun-Mart 50 Miler and Rocky Raccoon 100 Miler. 

Her experiences in psychotherapy have been diverse. Mary Jo was a counselor at Houston Child Guidance Center and at the Child Resource and Information Service. After ten years in Houston, she moved to Lubbock, Texas, for nine years. Mary Jo was an active volunteer for Contact Lubbock, training volunteers and monitoring a crisis line. In Lubbock, she was also active in oncology counseling, leading several cancer support groups and counseling at the University Medical Center. In 2003, she moved back to Houston, where she maintains a private practice. Mary Jo specializes in intimacy/sex counseling and is a certified anger management therapist. She is a consultant for the bariatric surgeons at the University of Texas Health Science Center and for patients at Methodist Hospital undergoing obesity surgery. Mark Jo appears on TLC's hit TV series, "Big Medicine". The series features topics of bariatric surgery, body image, and patient's difficulties with intimacy. 

Mary Jo is a frequent speaker at meetings for a variety of organizations. Lecture topics have included psychological issues of breast cancer, intimacy and sexual issues for the cardiac patient, sexuality of the working woman, stress avoidance tactics, loving yourself and marriage survivorship. She was a major participant in a symposium for young girls dealing with body image and helping girls become strong women. As host of The Mary Jo Show on a local cable access channel, Mary Jo interviews adolescents and works to empower them to live life to the fullest. She has appeared on TV programs to discuss the topics of holiday stress, prayer and healing, divorce and kids, children and traumatic experiences, and children and cancer. Mary Jo has also led seminars on intimacy for passengers on the Norwegian Cruise Line. 

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