Clinical Counsellor

Maria is a Registered Clinical Counsellor located in Vancouver, BC, where she offers in-person, phone and video counselling to individuals, couples and families. Trained in Europe, US and Canada, she has worked with youth, adults, and seniors, specializing in complex trauma, grief and loss, stress management, personality disorders and life transitions in Europe, Asia and Canada. Her practice also includes addressing anxiety, depression, addictions and relationship issues.

Passionate about her work, Maria engages in authentic, compassionate dialogues with her clients, co-creating a space of non-judgment and safety. Her unwavering support allows clients to work through pain and heal from trauma. Besides evidence-based frameworks like Cognitive-Based Therapy (CBT), Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), and Existential Therapy, her creative approach also employs a variety of mind-body techniques, and includes art, science, literature and Wilderness Therapy into her work with individuals, couples, families and communities.

Maria firmly believes in the organismic wisdom of another, and the power of presence and unconditional positive regard to harness individual and communal healing and change. Since the start of her private practice in 2013, she has organized multiple workshops, support groups and programs like “Healing Dialogues with Life” and “Physics of the Mind: The Science of Well-being”. She has also worked with immigrant, LGBTQ2, and Vancouver’s Downtown East Side communities.

In her free time, Maria enjoys being in nature, walking her dog, and spending time with the people she loves.

Client focus: individuals, youth, couples, families

Types of therapy: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotion-Focused Therapy (CFT), Existential Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Attachment Theory, Open Dialogue Techniques and Nature Therapy

Skills: Complex trauma, Grief and Loss, Stress Management, Anxiety, Depression, Addiction, ADHD and Autism Spectrum, LGBTQ2, Chronic health and pain management, Disabilities, Dissociative Identity Disorder, Personality Disorders, Self Esteem and body image, Sleep problems, Indigenous clients, Youth 12-19 and Parenting