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Maritza Villacis, LCSW

Stress, Anxiety Trauma, Abuse Grief Self esteem, Motivation Depression
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About me

My name is Maritza. I've been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for 10 years, and have been working with veterans, spouses, and staff. I have over 20 years of counseling experience. Prior to licensing my experience I worked with domestic violence survivors, individuals in shelter placement, seniors and children. I am a down-to-earth counselor. My strongest attribute is my ability to connect to others. I utilize numerous modalities including but not limited to Client-Centered, Cognitive Behavioral, Mindfulness, Supportive therapy and Narrative therapy techniques in my counseling sessions. I always tell my colleagues that I speak English. I like for my clients to feel comfortable and not feel as they are speaking to a robot or a counselor that utilizes ivy league vernacular. I am a spiritual individual and I am guided during my counseling sessions with the purpose of helping others get through the obstacles that they are facing in their lives. Counseling is the beginning of your healing journey, it can be painful along the way. If you're committed and willing to begin your journey of healing, I will support you in finding ways you can make sense and cope with your experience.

I will respond as expeditiously as possible to all messages. On rare occasions, I may not be available but will follow up with emergencies as they arise. Flexibility is key and I am confident that we will be able to work together to find the best day and time for us to work and meet. I am available for phone and video sessions only. If you find yourself in a mental health crisis, a counselor with more availability will be a better fit due to my time constraints. I appreciate your reading my profile and look forward to working together. I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. - Maya Angelou

Professional experience

15yrs in practice
Stress, Anxiety Trauma, Abuse Grief Self esteem, Motivation Depression

Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Intimacy-related issues, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Blended Family Issues, Body image, Caregiver issues and stress, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication problems, Control issues, Dependent Personality, Divorce and separation, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Family Problems, Forgiveness, Isolation / loneliness, Military and Veterans Issues, Multicultural Concerns, Self-love, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexuality, Social anxiety and phobia, Women's issues, Workplace issues

Clinical approaches: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Gottman Method, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy

Services offered

Live Chat



License information

NY LCSW 088011


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

Maritza is warm and wonderful! She makes taking to her so easy and comfortable! I appreciate her thoughtfulness and expertise.

Written on Mar 11, 2024 after therapy with Maritza for 2 years and 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, depression, self esteem, relationship issues, coping with life changes, and intimacy-related issues

Maritza is everything I've always wanted/needed in a therapist. She's the first therapist I've ever had that got me out of survival mode and to a place where I could finally work through past issues and trauma. I am now and will forever be grateful to have had her as a therapist.

Written on Jan 27, 2023 after therapy with Maritza for 1 year on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

She is like a breath of fresh air from what you may think therapy is like.

Written on Dec 30, 2022 after therapy with Maritza for 1 year and 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, anger management, and coping with life changes

Very good listener. Stays professional, but talks like a friend. I tend to feel better after our sessions.

Written on Nov 21, 2022 after therapy with Maritza for 7 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety

I am very please with my therapist that I have chosen.

Written on Mar 07, 2022 after therapy with Maritza for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, and anger management