The connection between physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health is important and is often ignored.
Maria’s approach is informed by the belief that our bodies carry and hold more than we realize, disconnection from self – mental, emotional, and physical can make navigating life stressful and sometimes even scary. Reconnection and awareness can bring grounding, peace, and healing. Maria holds to the belief that humans learn through our relationships and connections in life, who we are and how we experience the world is affected by our identities and our context. Healing begins with self-love and acceptance; Maria aims to accompany clients on their healing journeys, providing tools and support as the path reveals itself. As a brown queer person, Maria is passionate about providing representation for others with intersecting identities and advocating for changes in the systems of power that we operate out of. Maria is committed to the decolonization of mental health care and is working towards inclusivity to provide holistic treatment and care. Maria is committed to providing empathetic and equitable trauma-informed, client-centered care that will support change in everyday life and interactions. Maria strives to be a counselor that is present to connect with and see others. Maria’s goal is to collaboratively create an intentional space that welcomes clients to where they are. There are no expectations of what must be, it is enough to be curious and learn what it means to be kind to oneself as we learn to offer ourselves care. Maria offers services in Spanish and English.
Maria graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Wheaton College. Maria has been trained in alcohol/drug counseling through New Hope School of Counseling.
Maria is currently studying to obtain her Master of Counseling: Specializing in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Adler University.
Maria’s 9 years of community health work experience working in different roles that ranged from interpreting for Spanish speaking clients to working in case management for Substance Use treatment have shaped their approach which values the connection of mind, body, and spirit.