I am a licensed clinical social worker practicing in California. I have over 14 years of experience in social services, 5 of which are in the mental health field. For 5 years I have worked with clients with a wide range of symptoms and concerns including depression, anxiety, paranoia, hallucinations, PTSD, addiction and personality disorders. I also helped many people who have experienced both physical and emotional traumas including domestic violence, assault, TBI, and sexual molestation.
My counseling style is client-centered, solution-focused and strengths-based. I believe in treating everyone with respect, compassion and unconditional positive regard. I don't believe in stigmatizing labels and believe in creating mental health awareness in our society. My approach combines psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), EMDR and Motivational Interviewing. I will tailor our treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs.
It takes courage to take the first steps towards a change; If you are ready to take that step I am here to offer you support.
I look forward to working with you!
- Stress, Anxiety
- Trauma and abuse
- Bipolar disorder
- Compassion fatigue
Addictions , LGBT , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Eating disorders , Sleeping disorders , Anger management , Self esteem , Coping with life changes , Abandonment , Attachment Issues , Autism and Asperger Syndrome , Avoidant Personality , Body Image , Caregiver Issues and Stress , Codependency , Communication Problems , Dependent Personality , Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD) , Dissociation , Divorce and Separation , Drug and Alcohol Addiction , Fertility Issues , First Responder Issues , Guilt and Shame , Immigration Issues , Impulsivity , Intellectual Disability , Isolation/Loneliness , Jealousy , Life Purpose , Mood Disorders , Multicultural Concerns , Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD , Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks , Paranoia , Personality Disorders , Phobias , Postpartum Depression , Post-traumatic Stress , Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) , Self-Harm , Sexual Assault and Abuse , Social Anxiety and Phobia , Traumatic Brain Injury , Young Adult Issues Read more...
Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
LCSW #102905 (Expires: 2023-08-31)
I like Maria she is very helpful and professional.
Maria Alvarez is a wonderful therapist, I’ve never had any other therapist like her! She’s overall helpful, comfortable and dependable.