My name is Maria and I am a registered Social Worker with the College of Social Work and Social Services Workers of Ontario. I completed a Social Work Master’s degree in 2014 at the University of Toronto, specializing in adult mental health. My approach to counselling is grounded using modalities and principles of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness and Solution Focused Therapy. I am passionate to work with adults who are embarking on their mental health and wellness journey to address and develop strategies and skills to cope with stressful life events, mood disorders (such as anxiety and depression) and relational issues. Supporting you and meeting you where you are at is critical to the development of our working relationship together. I will take the time to learn about your therapy goals and together we will develop a plan that will support you to continue building on your strengths, knowledge and coping strategies that will enable you to develop a strong sense of self. I am an advocate for low barrier access to mental health supports and apply an equity-lens approach to my work.