Hello! My name is Maria and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 20 years of experience. I believe in a collaborative approach while also providing direction as needed. I am a warm and compassionate therapist who strives to help others find peace. I would like to guide you on your journey towards fulfillment and happiness. I have a variety of experience which includes: -anxiety disorders -trauma (PTSD and complex trauma) -mood disorders, such as depression -parenting children with special needs and behaioral issues -relationship/family issues -domestic violence and abuse -career counseling Some of the techniques and modalities I employ are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), mindfulness based practices and existential therapy. PLEASE SEE MY CLIENT REVIEWS BELOW! Maria is very understanding and supportive of my issues. Listens and gives me tools to cope with certain situations. --L.I.·Jun 16, 2022 Maria knows exactly what to say and what questions to ask. She has me thinking deeply about my situation and decisions are becoming easier and clearer. --L.I.·Jun 10, 2022 Maria is an excellent listener and pushes me to conquer my anxieties in life. As well as helps me to understand my emotions. --M.A.·Feb 08, 2022 Maria has been a blessing and a feeling of stability I could not be more grateful for in such a turbulent point in my life. She is very respectful and always listens. I know she’s a great listener because she provides insightful opinions, advice, and something I think is undervalued normally, validation. She doesn’t make you feel judged and is someone who is Team: your well-being. I couldn’t recommend her more especially to someone who might be coming to therapy for the first time since that kind of vulnerability can be scary. --A.L.·Dec 02, 2021 Maria is very attentive to your personal issues and offers very professional and sound advice. I am grateful to have her as my therapist. --J.O.·Oct 21, 2021 Maria was very helpful in my situation; this was my first experience with therapy and I wasn't sure what to expect but we hit the ground running and I was able to make really good progress right away. I struggled with setting boundaries and how to better communicate with my loved ones - this is a source of anxiety for me. Maria listens and really understands what I'm going through. She set me up with great worksheets and helped me start to be more reflecting and proactive to work through tough situations. With her help, I was able to make some realizations and she coached me on how to set healthy boundaries and helped me understand the different types of boundaries. Maria was easy to talk to because you can tell she cares and respects how you feel. Thanks again for your help!! --C.O.·Sep 28, 2021 She is the person who helped me a lot. A very nice soul. --A.A.·Sep 23, 2021 Maria takes the time to really listen and understand your problems. She is comforting and gives great insight into tools you can use to better understand your emotions and process them. --M.A.·Sep 18, 2021
What can clients expect to take away from sessions with you?
In the first few sessions you can expect that I will be gathering information to better understand where you are at this moment. I typically focus on life history, acute symptoms as well as any other physical, social and/or environmental factors that may be providing challenges for you. I strive to make every client feel heard, comfortable and accepted.
What treatment methods and tools do you utilize?
I am a strong advoate for personal self-care and will help you develop a self-care routine that works within the context of YOUR life. I will assist you in setting boundaries as needed in order to improve your relationships and quaity of life.
Explain to clients what areas you feel are your biggest strengths.
I enjoy assisting my clients with identifying maladaptive family systems and dynamics and breaking the cycle in order to live a happier, more fulfilling life.