Welcome, and thank you for your time in learning more about me! My name is Maria and I am a licensed professional counselor in the state of New Jersey. I have had over 10 years experience working in the mental health field. I have worked in a variety of settings including residential, partial care, outpatient, in-home, and addictions. Although that seems like a mouthful, it simply means that I have had experience working with a broad range and severity of clinical issues. I have the most experience working with anxiety, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anger management, family conflict, relationship conflicts, and complex trauma/abuse. I also have experience working with depression, intellectual/developmental disabilities, mild autism, and immigration/acculturation issues.
My dedication to the field of mental health stems from my personal experience with it. I grew up with close loved ones living with mental illness and I have personally overcome some mental health challenges over the course of my lifetime, too. I know firsthand that having mental health concerns can be difficult. There is still so much stigma around having mental health issues, the process for getting help can be overwhelming, and it can feel so frustrating and lonely. However, I also know from experience how much life can change for the better when you find support and take steps towards taking care of yourself!
I use a person-centered, holistic, multicultural, and eclectic approach in treatment, meaning I begin where you are and tailor treatment approached to your needs while being sensitive to how your own personal cultural identities and lifestyle choices impact your experience. I primarily use evidence based techniques including cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness, motivational interviewing, and solution-focused counseling. However, I do incorporate more "classical" approaches to counseling as well. I would describe my style as warm and supportive, but I am ready to help you tackle your struggle head-on. Together we can work on establishing goals and steps for you to help overcome your current problems. Living your best life is like preparing for a marathon, not a sprint. If you are looking for quick fixes, I am not the best counselor to work with. I believe in taking time and working on wellness slowly, holistically, and consistently. Just as physical health takes time and consistency, so does mental health! I look forward to helping you in any way I can!
Please be advised I am currently available to provide services to female clients. I apologize for any inconvenience this may create. Thank you again for taking time in learning more about me!
- Stress, Anxiety
- Family conflicts
- Trauma and abuse
- Coping with life changes
I also have experience in Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Depression
LPC #37PC00552300 (Expires: 2020-11-30)
Maria is a wonderful person and I've been very fortunate to have her come into my life last year.
She listens to me, challenges me to listen to myself, be gentle, be kind, learn how to be more aware and supports me in more than I could ever imagine.
I enjoy when she assigns "homework" or projects to me. Not only is it insight but it gets me thinking on levels I did not know were even possible.
I look forward to our weekly sessions! Maria is the kick that I needed to try and pull myself and my life together. They do say people come into your life for a reason and I know Maria is definitely one of those people. :)
On a daily basis I do ask myself now before doing or saying something "What would Maria say?"
After a few suggestions and ideas she recently gave me an exercise that I have practiced and feel like it will be really helpful. Thanks!