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Maria Rios, LMFT

Stress, Anxiety Addictions Relationships Parenting issues Depression
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About me


My name is Maria A. Rios, I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California (LMFT) and I have been in practice since 2012. Before graduating with my Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology, I was a Montessori teacher in Cambridge, MA and San Diego, CA for 9 years and I enjoy working with children and parents who seek guidance in parenting skills and in need of emotional support. As a psychotherapist, I have worked in residential and outpatient settings, providing individual and group therapy to adults and teens, and I run my own private practice in office and on line. My areas of expertise include: depression, anxiety, relationships and parenting, addiction, crisis, and life adjustments. I have additional training in addiction and self-esteem issues.)

In my work with clients, I use some of the leading psychological modalities, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), and Solution-Focused Therapy. My approach is person-centered, compassionate, and problem solving. Establishing trust in a therapeutic environment is paramount for deep and rewarding work as it promotes healing and insight for a desired change. I value authenticity and perseverance no matter what challenges life brings and I focus on helping clients increase their self-esteem and self-acceptance by practicing healthy boundaries and improving communication styles. I also use Psychodynamic approach to delve into the earlier years of self, make sense of the past events, and explore all the parts of your personality that make you so unique.

I look forward to working with you and guide, listen, and support you in meeting your goals!

Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 (1-800-273-TALK)
Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741-741

Professional experience

12yrs in practice
Stress, Anxiety Addictions Relationships Parenting issues Depression

Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Sleeping disorders, Self esteem, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, ADHD

Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Existential Therapy, Gottman Method, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems

Services offered

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License information

CA LMFT 103865


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Maria Rios. 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.

I have been working with Mrs. Rios for quite some time now and she has helped INCREDIBLY with me going through and working with my depression/anxiety.

Written on Jul 26, 2020 after therapy with Maria for 1 year and 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

While I've only been interacting with Maria for a couple weeks now, she has really organized my thoughts and emotions in a way that is clear to me and why I have certain thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. It feels really reassuring knowing that I can share my problems and worries with her and she will be understanding, rather than if I were to vent to a friend, where they might not really understand me. I've really enjoyed my time with Maria so far, and I hope others find that they are worth be listened to and understood.

Written on Jul 22, 2020 after therapy with Maria for 2 weeks

Maria is very understanding and supportive. She is very responsive and really listens to what you have to say and how you feel.

Written on May 16, 2020 after therapy with Maria for 8 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and self esteem

Maria is compassionate and helps me feel heard. Her communication style doesn't make any assumptions and prompts me to come to the answers on my own.

Written on May 14, 2020 after therapy with Maria for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, and parenting issues

I'm actively taking counseling from Maria and she's really been great. She's very genuine with her responses and I feel like she's really gauging who I am. Maria is Thorough with her explanations and she gives me time to process how I'm feeling. She's been encouraging through my journey and I look forward to more learning and processing with her.

Written on May 03, 2020 after therapy with Maria for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, and grief

I worked with Maria for a few months and she was very supportive in helping me through my issues, and she gave me a variety of strategies to try. Ultimately, she does care about her patients and you can tell as much from the timely manner and in-depth responses you receive from her.

Written on Nov 29, 2019 after therapy with Maria for 2 months on issues concerning depression, and self esteem