Welcome! My name is Maria and I am a licensed professional counselor in the state of New Jersey. I have had over 12 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.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Family conflicts
- Trauma and abuse
- Coping with life changes
I also have experience in Relationship issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Depression
LPC #37PC00552300 (Expires: 2020-11-01)
Maria is very very nice.
Maria is an incredible counselor! She is a breath of fresh air and extremely intelligent with wisdom filled knowledge.
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.
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.
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.
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!