About Me

Has this pandemic taken a toll on your mental health and relationships? Have problems that weren't bad 2 years ago become much worse since the pandemic started? Many people are feeling exhausted after having to trade their "old normal" life, job, and social life for this "new normal" stressful pandemic life that was not their choice. Constant stress, losses, forced changes, and limited outlets for relief can bring out the worst in us, and a lot of people and relationships are struggling right now.

In my 5 years experience as a therapist so far, I have found that the key to recovery is learning new self-care & coping skills to help you ADAPT more easily to changes in life with a more positive and accepting attitude, and to learn how to TAKE CONTROL of your own thoughts, emotions and choices, resulting in better relationships.

I offer telehealth therapy sessions exclusively now (called "teletherapy"), after having no choice but online sessions since the pandemic started, and discovering that teletherapy really helps and can make a big difference! I specialize in treating anxiety, depression, relationship and self-esteem problems, and I love to help clients unpack and look at their personal issues and challenges in a safe and caring environment.

I use a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapies (CBT), connecting past emotional wounds to present emotional and relationship problems (Psychodynamic Therapy), and teach Mindfulness to help my clients build healthy coping skills and learn to take control of their emotions, thoughts and behaviors. I teach clients how to set healthy boundaries, develop new self-care habits and Mindfulness skills to build up their self-compassion and relaxation/calming skills.

I started my career as a therapist after BEING a therapy client changed me and my life for the better! That's what makes me so passionate about helping YOU change yourself and your life! If you're ready to do your personal work and partner with a caring and supportive therapist to improve yourself and your life, then let's get started!


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Grief
  • Depression
  • Coping with life changes
Also experienced in:
Addictions , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Intimacy-related issues , Eating disorders , Sleeping disorders , Parenting issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , ADHD , Attachment Issues , Body Image , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 5

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


LMFT #130416 (Expires: 2024-01-31)


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Maria Otsuka. We don’t pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Written by C.R. on Apr 13, 2022 after therapy with Maria for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, and coping with life changes


Written by D.A. on Apr 08, 2022 after therapy with Maria for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, and self esteem


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