About Me

Welcome! My name is Maria and I am a licensed professional counselor in the state of New Jersey. I have over 13 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 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, 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. I apologize for any inconvenience this may create. Thank you again for taking time in learning more about me.


Specialties

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

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

Years of Experience: 12

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LPC #37PC00552300 (Expires: 2020-11-01)


Reviews

Written by L.U. on Jul 20, 2020 after counseling with Maria for 2 years on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and family conflicts

Maria is the best

Written by D.I. on May 20, 2020 after counseling with Maria for 8 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, and sleeping disorders

Maria is an incredible support system. She’s highly intelligent, relatable and always compassionate. Her advice is clear and helpful. She is celebratory and hopeful of the tiniest steps forward which is beyond motivating. I would absolutely recommend her to anyone. She is someone I look forward to speaking to and always come away feeling in lack of a more sophisticated term, better!

Written by M.A. on Nov 17, 2019 after counseling with Maria for 1 year and 4 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

Compassionate and always has an ear ready for me when I need her. She has enlightened me and allowed me to grow and see how therapy has been beneficial for me.

Written by K.R. on Nov 15, 2019 after counseling 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 counseling 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 counseling 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 counseling 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!