María Cristina Borges (she/her/ella)

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My passion is to accompany you in the search for more aliveness. I'd love to hear your story and support you creating a more joyful life.

Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA


About My Clients

Are stress and anxiety affecting your life and relationships? Do you feel overwhelmed, tense, with a sense of urgency about expectations put on to you as BIPOC? Do you have a strong inner critic voice that causes shame saying you are not doing enough? Do you find yourself vacillating between high stress and burnout? Do you want to feel grounded with more capacity to feel without getting overwhelmed? Do you want to slow down and nourish self compassion so that you move towards what matters most?

My Background and Approach

My work is grounded in different mind-body and expressive arts modalities called Somatics. During our work together, we will slow down and pay attention to the body experience in the form of physical sensations, movement, postures, and breath. This practice will support you in processing the impact of trauma, stress, and anxiety. It will also increase the capacity for feeling emotions without getting swept by them. With mindful awareness we’ll explore how stress, trauma and anxiety impacts your nervous system wether it is fear, panic, tension, restlessness, worry or burnout, emotional exhaustion, fatigue, numbness, or disconnection. We will work to understand what these symptoms mean, how are they connected to life's experiences, and what it's needed to feel more calm, centered, grounded and present for yourself and others. We will tap into creativity and imagination to access what you are longing to experience more of in your life.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I truly believe in the healing power of therapy. At the same time, I want this healing space to be grounded in justice. It is my commitment to break the barriers often created between these two and I strive for therapy to be a space where we can address how oppression shapes us. As a Boricua therapist born and raised in Puerto Rico, I have a particular interest in decolonizing practices. I will be a fierce companion in your healing towards feeling more vitality, balance, creativity and joy. I want to hear from you. Please contact me and tell what are you longing for. Let's work towards that!

Insurance Plans Accepted
  • Out of Network
I offer online counseling in the following states:

At A Glance

  • Experience: 17 years of practice
  • Languages: Español
  • Rate: $200 - 250/session


Email María Cristina
720 Washington St
Oakland, CA 94607

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