My approach to therapy is an interactive, intuitive, and client-centered unfolding. I begin with cultivating a safe holding environment discussing the expectations and goals of one’s therapy and the reasons for coming to therapy.
I obtained my Masters in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Expressive Art Therapy from the California Institute of Integral Studies in 2009. I have been a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of California and Washington for over 5 years. Before I knew Expressive Art Therapy existed as a field, I sought to be an innovator and collaborator in it. For over 20 years everything I have pursued from working in the fields of Social Work, Advocacy, Private Practice, Studio Art and Performance, to Early Childhood Development, and Education, Consulting, and Supervision has been in the service of facilitating people to be the artists of their own lives.
I employ Expressive Art Interventions only to the degree that one is interested. I regard the therapeutic journey to be inherently a creative process. Therefore, it is not necessary to ever literally pick up a paint brush or engage in an artistic medium to experience the art of living.
I work with Individuals, Couples, Children and Families in long-term or short-term therapy. I also provide supervision to therapists in Washington State.
Using a strength based approach, I support people to recognize and draw upon their inner resources, strengths, and sources of resiliency. This empowers one to interface the stories, circumstances, and patterns which challenge them. Exploring the symbolic meanings of one's personal story and how one's stories are created provides a depth to perceiving them, and often, a shift in relating to them.
I have extensive training in Expressive Art Therapy and Mindfulness Based Practices. My work is also supported by the theoretical orientations of Jungian Depth Psychology, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative and Person-Centered Therapies, Somatic Therapy, Transpersonal psychology, and the Social Ecology and Social Liberation Movements. While the theoretical orientations I draw upon are eclectic as well as the interventions I may employ, the umbrella of my approach is client-centered. I work with each person to find the treatment approaches that are best suited for them. From my own multi-cultural background, I am sensitive to one’s entire cultural constellation.
I look forward to the opportunity to explore the treatment approaches that will best serve you.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Relationship issues
- Trauma and abuse
I also have experience in Addictions, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Self esteem, Depression
She is a good person
Maite is exceptionally skilled, empathically attuned, and helpful. Direct and compassionate, she provides validation as well as strategies and perspective.