About Me

Welcome! My name is Maria and I am a licensed professional counselor in the state of New Jersey. I have over 14 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, family/relationship conflicts, life transitions, 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, too. I know firsthand that getting help can be a challenge. 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 integrative approach in treatment. This means I begin where you are and tailor the treatment approach to your needs while being sensitive to how your individual cultural identities and lifestyle choices impact your experience. I use evidence based techniques including cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness, motivational interviewing, and solution-focused counseling. I also incorporate trauma-informed care into my work with clients. However, I do incorporate more "classical" approaches to counseling as well.

I would describe my style as warm and supportive, and I am ready to help you tackle your struggle head-on. Collaboration is important - together we can work on establishing concrete goals and steps for you to help overcome your current problems. 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. Thank you again for taking time in learning more about me.


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Family conflicts
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Coping with life changes
Also experienced in:
Relationship issues , Grief , Anger management , Self esteem , Depression , Caregiver Issues and Stress , Communication Problems , Control Issues , Family Problems , Immigration Issues , Mood Disorders , Multicultural Concerns , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 13

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


LPC #37PC00552300 (Expires: 2022-11-30)


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Maria Abada. We don’t pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Written by L.U. on Apr 20, 2022 after therapy with Maria for 3 years and 9 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and family conflicts

Shi is the best

Written by D.I. on Jan 25, 2021 after therapy with Maria for 1 year and 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, and sleeping disorders

I absolutely love María. She’s incredibly intelligent- super patient, kind & has wonderful suggestions that I def apply in my everyday life as tools that work. She’s someone I would highly recommend!

Written by M.A. on Jan 12, 2021 after therapy with Maria for 2 years and 6 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, and career difficulties

Maria has been awesome for the past two years she’s been the therapist I’ve always needed. She challenges me when she thinks I’m ready. Is someone I can always speak too and truthful all the time.

Written by K.R. on Nov 15, 2019 after therapy with Maria for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and trauma and abuse

Maria has been a wonderful and extraordinarily supportive person, and has helped me immensely in working through my anxiety and self-doubt issues. I really appreciate her flexibility and our conversations through chat that give me a way out of my head.

Written by S.A. on Sep 14, 2019 after therapy with Maria for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Maria understood what I was going through from the very beginning, and is constantly offering me wise advice while also trying to steer the way i think into the right direction. I'm truly appreciative of the way she has opened my mind.

Written by K.A. on Oct 16, 2018 after therapy with Maria for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and parenting issues

Thumbs up!

Written by R.U. on Jul 13, 2018 after therapy with Maria for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, self esteem, and career

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!

Work with me!