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Maria Hardgrove, LISW

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A licensed independent social worker (LISW) is a mental health provider who holds a master’s or doctoral degree in social work and who has met all requirements set forth by the state licensure board to provide quality mental health care without supervision.

Maria Hardgrove (pronouns: she/her) is an experienced licensed independent social worker who works with children, adolescents, adults, older adults, couples, and families. Her specialty interests include: gerontology, mindfulness, strength’s-based approaches, and anxiety and depression management. She utilizes treatment approaches that are evidence-based and uniquely tailored to each client.

Maria completed her advanced education at The University of Akron, earning a Bachelor’s of Arts and a Master’s in Social Work. As part of her ongoing education in mental health and wellness, she has attended trainings focused on mindfulness, motivational interviewing, dementia, and interventions for persons with disabilities. She has a passion for working with clients across the lifespan, and learning about who they are in order to provide quality care.

Prior to private practice, Maria worked with clients in community mental health settings for five years. While attending school, she interned at a skilled nursing facility and Area Agency on Aging and also volunteered with hospice. Following these experiences, Maria provided counseling to older adults with co-occurring addiction and mental health issues. She has worked closely with Adult Protective Services and Boards of Developmental Disabilities to ensure individuals in the community are cared for. Additionally, Maria has facilitated group meetings that have focused on mindful development, coping with the pandemic, and addiction support and treatment for aftercare.

Maria’s approach to counseling is strength’s-based and solution focused. She loves to learn about new methods to improve overall well-being from a mental, spiritual, and physical stance. Maria believes in client-centered care in which each person has the capacity to have strengths and to grow towards their own goals. Maria works to strengthen a person’s individuality in order for each person to become their best self.

Maria’s strengths include: kindness, empathy, active listening, and the ability to utilize compassionate communication.

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  • Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW)

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