Maria obtained her training in the PhD Clinical Psychology program at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is currently completing her pre-doctoral residency at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), in the Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) Clinic and the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for Psychosis Service in the Complex Care and Recovery Program. She will receive her PhD and registration with the College of Psychologists of Ontario in Fall 2019. Maria has extensive experience in providing Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and other evidence-based therapies, such as CBT and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), to adults in inpatient and outpatient hospital settings and in community mental health clinics. She has presented at national and international conferences, and her work has been published in scientific journals.
Maria is experienced in providing treatment to individuals with BPD, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, mood disorders, as well as to those who have difficulty with regulating emotions, identity development, impulsive behaviour, self-harm and suicide behaviour assertiveness, stress and burnout, relationship issues, and low self-esteem. Maria works collaboratively with clients to reach their goals in therapy, in a manner that is open-minded, genuine, and compassionate. She is committed to creating a safe and comfortable space for people of various genders, sexual orientations and identities, ethnicities, religions, and cultural backgrounds.