Maria's practice, and life, have been shaped by the greek concept of Filotimo. Filotimo is an array of virtues that are understood intuitively in Greek culture but difficult to put to words outside of it. At its core is the belief in caring for others, giving of them freely, and without expectation. It brings strangers together into a community of care. It is a reminder of the power of respect and nonjudgmental compassion in personal growth, healing, and overcoming adversity.
Maria utilizes an eclectic approach tailored to each client's individual needs, including narrative therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), psychodynamic therapy, and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT). As a lifelong learner, she continues to add new treatment modalities to her ‘toolbox’. More important than which therapeutic modalities are utilized, however, are the trust, authenticity, and compassion essential to establishing a therapeutic alliance with each client.
Maria works with children, teens, and adults living with trauma, PTSD, depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar, ADHD, and psychotic disorders.