Mary Nelsen Tamborski received her BA from San Diego State University and her MA in Marriage and Family Counseling from the University of Phoenix. She is now a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.

Mary completed her practicum at the Alvarado Parkway Institute in San Diego working with people suffering from severe mental illness and substance abuse. However, her specialty is helping couples and individuals (including adolescents) discover the blocks that keep them from living their inner joy.

Mary’s formal training is secondary to the life training she received from her mother, Dr. Jane Nelsen, a Marriage and Family Therapist and author of the Positive Discipline books and Serenity: Simple Steps for Recovering Peace of Mind, Real Happiness, and Great Relationships. From the earliest time she can remember her mother and father had her involved in respectful communication, encouragement, and focusing on solutions.

Mary loves being a wife to husband Mark and a mother to her son’s Greyson, Reid and Parker. Since Mary’s first love is being the mother of three young boys, it was a natural for her to become a Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator and to share with others all she has learned (and is still learning) in parenting classes and workshops. She is also available for individual parent coaching.

Mary is a therapist whose own life is an example of the joy in living that can be found by living the principles and skills she teaches.

What Others Say About Mary

“Mary Tamborski generates great interest and inspiration among parents-younger or more experienced parents can utilize her gems. Her energy is contagious and her humble honesty and real-life experiences capture the audiences attention. Her humor and sincere appreciation for parenting, the highs and the lows, keeps the audience engaged and wanting more.”

—Temple Zander, Ph.D

“Mary provided an excellent training! The activities were so engaging and educational. We participated so much and so we could really feel the impact of the tools and approaches.”

“The positive discipline tools were immediately useful to me both at home and in my work. I use Connection before Correction all the time now with my son and we have less conflicts and get out the door faster as well.

“It is so powerful when you start helping families to think about the kind of person they hope for their children to become when they grow up, vs. the behaviors and qualities they are actually teaching their children.”