Maria Alvarez

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About Me

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
  • Depression
  • Compassion fatigue
Also experienced in:
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 , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
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

Years of Experience: 5

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video





LCSW #102905 (Expires: 2023-08-31)


Written by J.U. on Jan 13, 2022 after therapy with Maria for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, sleeping disorders, and self esteem

I like Maria she is very helpful and professional.

Written by J.A. on Nov 26, 2021 after therapy with Maria for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Maria Alvarez is a wonderful therapist, I’ve never had any other therapist like her! She’s overall helpful, comfortable and dependable.