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.