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…

I bring a lifelong curiosity and personal commitment to my work. I have been blessed to be an LCSW for over 20 years. My work draws on many years of professional and personal experience in a range of topics such as mood concerns, family and relationship dynamics, work-life harmony, addiction and recovery, contemplating motherhood, women and aging, caregiver burnout, sandwich generation (caring for children and aging parents) and much more.

I honor each client’s uniqueness- your therapy will be tailored specifically to you. My holistic and flexible approach utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy, family systems theory, life review, mindfulness and meditation, as well as psychodynamic practices.  I use a myriad of scientifically proven modalities that help you settle in quickly to address your goals and begin the process of healing.

It is essential for a healthy and joyful life to honor and integrate all aspects of who we are – body, mind and spirit. A lifelong commitment to yoga, spirituality, and meditation has inspired both my personal life and clinical practice. As a result, I also incorporate mind/body practices into the therapy process.

I know it takes humility and courage to reach out for help . I truly believe that if you are willing to do the work, your life will change. I am passionate about guiding clients along each step of their healing journey and I am excited to get started!

Academic Background:

I received my BA in Sociology with a minor in Psychology from The University of Maine, Orono, and my Masters in Social Welfare from The University of California, Berkeley. I did my Cognitive Behavioral Therapy training at The Palo Alto Veteran’s Administration Medical Center and Stanford University.

LANGUAGES:

English

SPECIALTIES:

Depression, anxiety, trauma, motherhood, perinatal mood concerns, menopause, life transitions, grief and loss, marriage and relationship issues, work-life harmony, parenting, in-law and parent relationships, divorce and blended families, addiction, codependency, adult children of alcoholics, overcoming perfectionism and procrastination, releasing anger, life satisfaction, mindfulness and gratitude.

STRENGTHS

Very warm, direct, genuine, optimistic, humorous, down to earth and a sharp thinker. She is open-minded and respectful of incorporating religious or spiritual principles into the therapy process. She is a mother of two beautiful boys and is knowledgeable about child/teen issues and parenting. 

Call the Women’s Therapy Institute at (650) 272-0388 or Schedule A Free Consultation