Ph.D. Candidate, Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology – University of California, Santa Barbara
María has more than four years of clinical experience providing individual and family therapy, crisis intervention, consultation, and psychosocial care to individuals and communities from diverse backgrounds, with a special focus on racial/ethnic minority and Spanish-speaking communities. Her experiences include both inpatient and outpatient care, substance use treatment, psychoeducation and suicide prevention, as well as the treatment of interpersonal, racial, and community trauma. Maria works primarily from a cultural and context-sensitive psychodynamic framework, although she integrates cognitive and dialectical behavioral approaches into her work depending on client needs. Her dissertation is a qualitative phenomenological analysis of the psychological impact of incarceration and its effects on reintegration in formerly incarcerated Latinx on the West Coast. She has lived in Miami, Boston, and California, and is excited to experience the great city of Houston this year.