About Maura

MauraI know it takes courage to reach out to a therapist- it would be an honor to assist you on your wellness journey.

Let’s help you reach your goals…

My work as a therapist draws on many years of experience with diverse populations in the mental health field before a wondrous and enriching detour to raise our children.  I bring a lifelong curiosity and personal commitment to my work. I am so excited and blessed to join the team at Women’s Therapy Institute!

My clinical and personal life experience will help me better understand and assist you in addressing life’s crossroads and challenges. I have been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for over 20 years. In addition, I have over 15 years of personal and professional expertise in substance abuse treatment and recovery, codependency, and adult child of alcoholic issues.  I feel passionate about guiding clients along each step of their recovery journey, no matter where they are in the process.

Traveling on my road of clinical work and personal experience has deepened my love and commitment to addressing the challenges of aging in our society, especially for women.  Studying Geriatrics at UC Berkeley in my late 20’s is very different then growing older. I encourage self-love and self-acceptance at any age, but especially for women over 50!

I honor each client’s uniqueness and your therapy experience will be individually tailored to you.  My holistic and flexible approach utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness and meditation, life review, family systems theory, as well as psychodynamic practices. I am not afraid to compassionately challenge you so that you are moving forward in life.  I am warm, empathetic, easy to talk to and have a sense of humor- all traits that help you settle in quickly to address your goals and begin the process of healing.

The field of psychology is increasingly aware of the interconnectedness of mind/body/spirit.  It is essential for a healthy and joyful life to integrate all aspects of who we are and who we want to become. I incorporate many different mind/body practices and somatic techniques into therapy.  A lifelong commitment to yoga, spirituality and meditation has inspired both my personal life and clinical practice. I know it takes humility and courage to reach out for help but I truly believe if you are willing to do the work your life will change.

Academic Background:

I grew up in Boston and in 1982 received my BA in Sociology with a minor in Psychology at the University of Maine, Orono. After working in the mental health field for several years, I completed my MSW at UC Berkeley in 1991. In academics, I was a therapist for two separate research projects (one at the Palo Alto VAMC/Stanford University, and the other at the Brockton/West Roxbury VAMC/Harvard University). As a Clinical Instructor for the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington, I taught mental health and clinical skills to medical students.  As a result of my years of work at the Palo Alto VAMC working on an interdisciplinary team, I co authored and presented nationally an article detailing the establishment of a substance abuse treatment protocol on the spinal cord injury unit. Maura is a mother of teenage boys and a lifelong yoga and meditation practitioner.

LANGUAGES:

English

SPECIALTIES:

Depression, anxiety, life transitions, death and dying, grief and loss, caregiver burnout, substance abuse, codependency, dysfunctional family dynamics, overcoming perfectionism and procrastination, releasing anger, self-compassion, practicing gratitude.

STRENGTHS

Very warm, direct, genuine, optimistic, down to earth and a sharp thinker. She is open-minded and respectful of incorporating religious or spiritual principles into the therapy process. 

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