Maria holds a M.A. in Counseling Psychology from CIIS, and B.S. in Neuroscience from UCSD.
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Menlo Park, CA
We're told that anger is bad and we must suppress it or ignore it, but there is a price to pay when we do so. When we ignore anger we allow it to grow into rage and when we suppress anger we allow others to take advantage of us. I work with clients to embrace their anger as a message so that they may begin to examine their angry - only then will they be able to move past their anger.
Abuse comes in many different forms and the abuser may be overtly abusive or covertly abusive. I provide a safe place for clients to begin to tell their story, a story that they don't even dare to tell themselves. When the client begins to believe in her story, she will find the courage to begin the process of healing.
I observed that my clients needed to get through their challenges rather than reflect on their past to resolve deep underlying issues. These clients thrived in sessions that were goal focused with a specific time frame.