My name is Maria and I look forward to meeting you. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor of Washington State. My approach is gentle, honest, simple, direct, and affirming. You won’t be getting a lot of rigid structure during the session, but you will have an open, safe place to explore your life, your problems, your values, and your goals with some thoughtful guidance and suggestions to try. My philosophy on diagnoses are that they can be a helpful way to understand your self, but they don’t define you and what you are capable of.
At heart, I focus on attachment, attunement, and emotional safety within each session. I believe that there is a power in telling your story and we are all made for greatness. I enjoy using Narrative Therapy to explore influences of your own story, your family story, and culture to help to understand yourself a little better and find the values that help you move forward in life. In my work with couples, I use a variety of different modalities including Imago Relationship Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy to help you make sense of your story as a couple and find ways to strengthen your path forward. With children, I enjoy entering into their world through play and helping them make sense of it all in a joyful and respectful manner.
Here are the services I currently offer:
-Individual therapy for adults
-Individual therapy for children through adolescents
-Play therapy for younger children
These are a few of my areas of my specialties:
-Recovering from narcissistic, emotional, or psychological abuse
-Recovering from spiritual trauma
-Family of origin issues
Feel free to contact me today to schedule an appointment. I accept a variety of private insurances and can bill the insurance companies directly. I also accept private pay at a rate of $150/session and can provide a superbill for insurance reimbursement.