Therapist | MA | LMHC
Education and Licensing
Maya earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Western Washington University in 1986 and after 20 years in the mental health field, returned to graduate school and earned her MA in Counseling Psychology degree from the Seattle School of Theology & Psychology in 2014. Maya is currently licensed as an LMHC.
Areas of Special Focus, and Work Experience
Maya has worked for 23 years in the mental health field within a non-profit, faith-based context as a counselor, teacher, advocate, case manager, group leader and Executive Director. Maya works primarily with adults who suffer from abuse, trauma and/or severe and persistent mental illness.
Maya believes the therapeutic relationship to be a place where she and the client can collaborate in safety and mutual respect to address the issues that are causing distress and pain. Through holistic treatment (taking into account your physical, emotional, mental, relational and spiritual aspects of your being), she will work together with you to address your unique needs.
Maya’s therapeutic style is empathic, psychodynamic, relational, and interpersonal. Drawing on neurobiology, attachment theory and object relations, Maya provides trauma-informed care. When applicable she also incorporates evidence-based therapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).
Areas of Expertise:
- Anxiety : Panic
- PTSD : Trauma
- Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse
- Dissociative Disorders : D.I.D.
- Grief : Loss
- Caregiver Issues : Support
- Support for Ministers and Helping Professionals
- Bipolar Disorder
- Borderline Personality Disorder
- Schizophrenia : Psychotic Disorders
Maya has been married for 27 years and she and her husband have two grown sons. She treasures spending time with my family and friends, walking the moody beaches of the Washington State coast, digging in her garden, listening to world music, drinking a good cup of hot coffee and resting in front of the fireplace with a good book.