Maria is a Mental Health Counselor licensed in New York and Florida. She sees therapy as a place where people come to enter a season of change. Ave-Maria's warm nature and droll humor helps her connect with clients who struggle with self-confidence. She sees therapy as a place where motivated people learn how to remain true to themselves in the face of tough situations.
Maria approaches therapy with children and families of color from a unique perspective that prioritizes cultural humility and family connection. As a therapist, Maria finds deep satisfaction helping people to explore their unique identity, goals and values that are touched by their family history. Maria’s unique understanding of diverse cultural ideologies and desire to prioritize the mental health of those who are marginalized come from her own eclectic background.
Ave-Maria believes that the foundation of effective therapy is helping people connect with their own intrinsic motivation to change. Maria enriches the evidence based modalities (CBT, DBT) by incorporating art and other creative mediums in order to deepen self-expression and insight.
Maria is also particularly skilled at working with children and adolescents.