About Me

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California with an MA in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University, a BA in Psychology and a BA in Women's Studies from the University of California, Riverside. With over 10 years of professional experience in the field I provide mental health services for individuals, couples, children, teens and families. I believe building rapport with clients is the foundation of therapy. I want my clients to feel comfortable expressing their feelings in a non-judgmental environment. My therapeutic approach is to collaborate with the client to decrease symptoms by exploring the root cause of their issues.
Throughout my career, I have helped many couples with unique backgrounds and circumstances overcome their struggles. Often clients feel misunderstood and that they have no one to turn to who understands where they are coming from. I genuinely care about my clients and am fully dedicated to their well-being, success and helping them reach their full potential.


  • Addictions
  • Family conflicts
  • Parenting issues
  • Self esteem
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Stress, Anxiety , LGBT , Relationship issues , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Eating disorders , Sleeping disorders , Anger management , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Abandonment , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Mindfulness Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 10

Services Offered

  • Messaging






LMFT #51904 (Expires: 2021-11-01)


Written by D.I. on Oct 27, 2019 after counseling with Maria for 6 months on issues concerning relationship

Maria has been very helpful in working through issues in our marriage. She listens, is respectful to both parties and does an outstanding job of coming up with practical solutions to our issues. I would highly recommend her and already have.

Written by K.E. on Sep 26, 2018 after counseling with Maria for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship

Attentive, gives great advice.