A Bilingual Therapist Specializing in Family and Couples Therapy
A graduate of Aurora University, Maria earned a master of social work degree, with an emphasis on solutions-focused, strengths-based therapy. This goal-directed collaborative approach to psychotherapeutic change is accomplished, as Maria said, through directly observing a person’s responses to a series of precisely constructed questions. The result helps individuals—including couples and families—break out of vicious problem-cycles and develop constructive, customized solutions.
This very effective way of doing counseling is based on:
- Asking questions rather than “selling” answers.
- Listening for and reinforcing evidence of the strengths, resources, and competence of the person.
- Working with what people can do, not what they can’t.
- Finding out what people are already doing that is helpful and exploring ways to amplify their strategies.
- Focusing on the details of the solutions, not the problems.
- Developing action plans which work.
“My goal is to listen closely to the person’s life story, helping them find the positive vein flowing through it to harness momentum for the present and future,” Maria said. “I advocate constant reflection, seeking feedback and constantly measuring results for ongoing improvement in the individual. It works!”
Maria also holds a master of arts in teaching. In addition, she spent time at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, a program of Spanish immersion while in college.