ABOUT MARIA Maria (pronouns: she, her, hers) is a mental health counselor and life coach specializing in two areas: perinatal emotional health during preconception and fertility, pregnancy, postpartum, and early parenthood, and race and culture and their impact on identity, relationships, and mental health. She uses equity, feminist, and justice lenses to understand her client's experiences. Believing in her clients' autonomy and self-knowledge Maria works collaboratively with client strengths, rather than with illnesses or disorders, and she helps clients build on those strengths using interpersonal, narrative, mind/body, and cognitive behavioral techniques. Additionally, Maria spent 10 years as a doula, attending about 300 births in that time. While no longer practicing, her respect for her clients' instincts, strengths, and empowered choices - the foundation of doula work - continues to guide her.
EDUCATION, CERTIFICATIONS, and TRAININGS: Maria has an M. Ed. in Mental Health Counseling and is a Board Certified Life Coach through the Center for Credentialing and Education. She is also a Certified Lactation Counselor through the Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice, and she is a certified Perinatal Mental Health counselor through Postpartum Support International. Maria has been trained in Interpersonal Psychotherapy (A level IPT), trauma, cognitive behavioral techniques, mind-body techniques, and relationship/marriage coaching.
LOCATION During the COVID19 pandemic, Maria is seeing clients virtually.
PERSONAL Maria lives in Boston, where she and her husband committed to raising their 3 children in an urban and diverse environment. In her spare time, Maria reads fiction (especially debut novels from writers of color), dreams of Brewster on Cape Cod, walks in the woods with her dog, sings, and takes pictures with her iPhone. The sunflowers on this site are her own images.