Maria is a mestizx Mexican-American, pansexual, neurodiverse, cis woman. Maria seeks to provide services to individuals who have been historically insufficiently served in mental health settings, including BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ clients, neurodiverse clients, Autistic people, and people with ADHD and other learning differences. Her depth psychotherapy practice addresses the various forms of distress which result from living within late-stage capitalist white supremacist cishetpatriarchy. Recognizing these systems as the source of challenges, rather than internalizing them, is a major focus of her work. Together with her clients, Maria works towards imagining and developing other ways of being within these systems which lead to improved mental health and empowerment.
Maria completed her doctoral training in psychoanalytic clinical psychology at the University of Detroit Mercy and her predoctoral internship at Michigan State University Counseling and Psychiatric Services (MSU CAPS). She has additionally worked in various university, community mental health, and integrated medical care settings.
Maria is a certified medical herbalist (2003, North American Institute of Medical Herbalism). Her herbal practice focuses on using plant medicines as preventative, nourishing, and energetically healing.