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Mary Jane is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and the author of five books with a new one  called  Tied in Knots 3 steps  to reduce stress in the works.  

Mary Jane has always been in the business of helping others. Prior to earning her Masters degree in Community Psychology she worked at Operation PAR, The Pinellas County Jail and Suncoast Hospice.  

Mary Jane Cronin is a national speaker and international author who has been offering her services for the past eighteen years to those experiencing a loss or change in their lives. 

Presenting at national conferences about loss and grief, the benefit of journal writing and self-care, Mary Jane has lived the life she speaks about. 


Whether she is counseling clients, writing books, or providing community services Mary Jane's focus is on the topics of grief, loss, stress, life changes and encouraging self-care . 

 She lives in Largo, FL with her 3 sons and two dogs and travels throughout the U.S. to speak to audiences to share her story and support others. Follow Mary Jane on Facebook, Linkedin, and YouTube 

Public speaking, private counseling and conducting workshops in the community are all opportunities for Mary Jane to share her knowledge with others and to help those in need. 

Grief-Stress- and Self Care


Self Care

  • The world of today is filled with loss, change and stress. Who ever created the phrase "Suffer in Silence" must have done just that. Suffered alone with no support from others.    


  •  As caring humans we are quick to help family, friends and others when they are in need. But what about self-compassion and personal emotional care? Caring for ourselves is often overlooked by caregivers, but also by those grieving or feeling stressed.  

            Contact Mary Jane to schedule a consultation. 


Public Speaking

 Mary Jane joined Toastmasters in 2015 with the goal of improving her speaking presence for sharing her message of self-care with others. Completing her Advanced Gold in Communication gave her the skills to begin providing presentations and workshops in the care communities   Mary Jane would be happy to meet with you to discuss a consultation, presentation or creating a workshop.  

Books by Mary Jane

November Mourning



Twenty years ago  Mary Jane's son was killed. Travel with her through the stages of grief and the emotions of loss. Learn the ways she began to heal and help others who have lost someone special to them. 

Mary Jane has spoken at The Compassionate Friends conferences and Bereaved Parents of the USA about child loss. 

Writing Through your Grief



Writing Through your Grief is a guidebook for those who have lost a loved one. Writing prompts and interactive questions allow the reader to bring their inward emotions to  the surface and to paper. Chapters include writing about your history of loss, your loved one and self-care while healing.   

A Caregiver's Connection



People are living longer these days. The result is often "longer not better" with illness and limitations requiring a caregiver to step in and help with their care. 

The  description of that caregiver is often a family member taking on this role with little or no training.   Providing these services while working themselves, caregiver's may neglect their own care. A Caregiver's Connection offers resources, writing prompts and self care for the caregivers. 

Unexpected Change


 People fear change, resist it, and even try to avoid it from happening. Change however, is a natural part of life and everyone faces it at one time or another. We begin to accept change when we have control of it. Change can even be a positive thing. Changing our needs or interests in clothing, music, or dining choices can be considered being “adventurous.” In Unexpected Change you will learn the factors that determine our response to inevitable changes and what you can do immediately and in the future to  accept and adapt to change with more joy and a  positive outlook.  

Growing Through Illness Together


 When someone we love is given a life-threatening diagnosis, emotions and worried thoughts can run rampant. Fear of what to say and how to feel can result in miss-understandings and hurt feelings.Growing Through Illness Together was written to help the reader and their loved one work together to improve coping and communication skills.  

Tied in Knots 3 Steps to Releasing Stress


When asked how many people would like to reduce their stress? The majority of people would raise up their hands saying “Yes!”

You may have been conditioned to accept stress as a part of life, but this doesn’t have to be your future fate. With Tied in Knots you will be able to reduce stress in five minutes or less with practical exercises and develop strategies designed for you. 



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Mary Jane Cronin

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