Maria Aurora  San Pedro

Maria Aurora San Pedro


Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT
California Accepting Online
Updated December 30, 2022

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Communication issues
  • Depression
  • Relationship issues
  • Women's issues

Professional statement

Maria Aurora San Pedro is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist located in San Diego, CA. Maria brings a culturally sensitive approach to working with individuals, as she draws from her own experience being a first generation Asian American. She helps her clients cope with overwhelming levels of stress, especially the stress that comes from trying to balance multiple roles - partner, parent, friend, and worker. She has extensive experience and training in helping mothers and new mothers to manage their emotions throughout raising their children. She also has experience working with trauma survivors who would like to grow their mental health.

Maria practices Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), two thought-based therapy modalities that teach clients how to identify negative thought patterns that lead to low self-esteem and high stress. She also encourages clients to let go of the self-criticism or the perfectionism that leads to feeling unworthy, less than, or burnt out. Clients learn how to decrease their stress levels, as Maria introduces them to various coping strategies that can help them relax or ground themselves. Maria also brings Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to her clients, helping them reflect on their values and make healthy changes towards living through those values. She incorporates mindfulness exercises along the way, including breathwork, visualization, and body scans.

Maria sees mental health as a garden - and she provides clients with the reflections, support, and skills they need to grow their garden so it thrives. She creates a warm, safe environment in her sessions, and is an empathetic and kind therapist who strives to show her clients how resilient and strong they are.


Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Communication issues - Developing effective interpersonal skills in relationships withpartners, families, and co-workers; using healthy methods of communication to convey needs and respond to others

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Relationship issues - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating

Women's issues - Therapy tailored to common concerns among women; providing a safe and understanding space to address life challenges, stressors, and questions around identity as a woman


  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Parents
  • Young adults (18-24)


  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Optum
  • Oscar Health
  • UMR

Maria Aurora San Pedro is accepting clients using listed insurances, paying listed fees, or using health insurance out-of-network benefits other than:

  • Kaiser Permanente HMO
  • Kaiser Permanente PPO

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $150 (45min)


Online Sessions (California)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
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Work and Education

Years of Experience: 12 years


California: 106101