Welcome! My name is Maria, and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the states of Mississippi and Arizona with over 25 years of experience working in the mental health field. I am also a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Therapist and Certified Addictions Therapist in the state of Mississippi. I have BA degree in Psychology and a MS degree in Clinical Psychology from Mississippi State University. I also have an Ed.S. degree in Educational and Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri. I have experience with both adults and adolescents. I have worked with an array of client populations and concerns, including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, substance abuse and recovery issues, trauma, self-esteem, bipolar, and schizophrenia.
Life is often full of challenges, which ebbs and flows with each chapter of life. I am here to support, empower, and guide you on the journey that is uniquely yours, and one in which you are the author. I strive to provide a safe, non-judgmental space to support your self-discovery, dreams, and aspirations and to help you live your best life on your own terms. People seek counseling for a variety of reasons. I realize that some people may only need a sounding board and support from their counselor. Some people solely need the processing element from a counselor to increase their confidence in decision-making skills and make sense of life’s happenstances. While for others, it proves to be a safe, confidential space to vent, which proves cathartic in its own right. For some individuals, it may be candid advice, perspective, and goal-directed solutions to pressing problems. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific goals. I realize that counseling can seem intimidating for some, so I will work with a format and at pace with which you are most comfortable.
My counseling style is down-to-earth, warm, and empathetic. I believe in meeting a person where they are in guiding them along their journey. I believe every person has intrinsic value and worth, and I treat everyone with dignity, respect, and compassion. I also favor a person-centered, individualized approach that embraces self-determination, empowerment, and resiliency. I value holistic care, which seeks to improve overall wellness and health. My approach is eclectic in nature and combines person-centered, strength-based, cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, brief solution-focused, mindfulness, and reality therapy. Additionally, I may assign worksheets from time to time to promote introspection and insight.
I applaud you for being here today and your quest to improve your overall well-being and happiness. It takes courage and strength to seek a more fulfilling life and to contemplate change. When you are ready to take that next step, I am here to support and empower you.
I look forward to working with you on your journey!
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes
AZ LPC 22426
MS LPC 907
Maria is a kind and insightful therapist I would recommend her to anyone! I quickly became comfortable with talking to her about my struggles because she has such a calming presence and gives great advice. Thank you for helping me through a tough time Maria!!!
Written on Nov 02, 2023 after therapy with Maria for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, self esteem, career difficulties, and compassion fatigue
Maria is kind, gentle, a thoughtful conversationalist, a pragmatic advisor, and a great listener. She really helped me, and I highly recommend her.
Written on Oct 13, 2023 after therapy with Maria for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, career difficulties, and coaching
Maria is the bomb! Very caring and empathetic. I would recommend her to anyone
Written on May 03, 2023 after therapy with Maria for 9 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, eating disorders, self esteem, and coping with life changes
Maria is a wonderful counselor. She has great experience and expertise that has been life-changing to me. Highly recommend.
Written on Mar 15, 2023 after therapy with Maria for 1 year and 7 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, anger management, and coping with life changes
Maria is an absolute gift.
Written on Feb 19, 2023 after therapy with Maria for 1 year and 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes
Always listens intently and is easy to talk to
Written on Oct 29, 2022 after therapy with Maria for 1 year and 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting issues, and anger management