BA in Creative Writing, emphasis in poetry & BS in Special Education and Rehabilitation, 2007 (graduated with honors). MA in Rehabilitation Counseling 2009. Maya worked as a habilitation therapist from 2005-2009. Maya worked as a behavioral support specialist and counselor (intensive in home within public behavioral health) from 2009-2014.
Having a strong behavioral background, Maya has experience working with challenging behaviors and unique family dynamics. She looks at disability as a unique difference worth empowering in a world full of stigma. She understands trauma as a process of survival that can blossom into unwavering strength.
Photo of Maya
Maya believes in the importance of healing as an ongoing process, a natural part of living. No individual or family fits into one box and no recovery plan should be cookie cutter. The medical model focuses on problem/illness vs. solution/empowerment, this can be counter productive to progress and healing.
Maya wanted to be a poet, not a therapist. Today, she is both. Her creativity is a gift she uses within the therapeutic relationship. Focusing on the potential in others rather then the deficits.
Drawing of Maya, by 7 year old client
“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”
– Dr. Seuss