My name is Maria and I look forward to meeting you. I am a Licensed Counselor of Washington State. You can verify my credentials here. My approach is gentle, honest, simple, direct, and affirming. You won’t be getting a lot of rigid structure during the session or multiple assessments or forms to fill out, 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 am an affirmation therapist, a narrative therapist, and a play therapist. 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. With children, I enjoy entering into their world through play and helping them make sense of it all in a joyful and respectful manner. With families, I take a very holistic approach, trying to listen to everyone and open up communication and resolve sources of conflict.
I am currently in the process of becoming paneled with all major insurance providers, including Medicaid. I am not able to accept Medicare. Until I am fully credentialed with insurance, I can only accept private pay.
For my business motto, I chose “Siempre Adelante!” as inspiration. I hope it helps you too. It means “always forward” in Spanish. I grew up bilingual and biracial as an adoptee in difficult circumstances in South Texas. I know what it’s like to struggle, but I have learned to always keep moving forward and stay positive while acknowledging the truth of our situations and our lives and leaving behind the things that weigh us down and keep us stuck.
Many clients tell me how surprised they are by how “easy” therapy is and how surprised they are by the results. Many expected that therapy would be difficult work, that they would never see improvements, and their symptoms were permanent. Although I can never make promises for the potential results, it has been wonderful to see clients reduce or eliminate their symptoms, take control of their lives, and find direction, meaning, and purpose in their lives. Feel free to contact me today to schedule an appointment.