Maritza is a Bilingual and Bicultural Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Lake County, IL. Maritza provides therapy in English and in Spanish. She works with children (ages 8 and up), adolescents, and adults. Many of Maritza’s clients are parents and their children who find themselves having parent-child relationship problems, or children and adolescents who are having emotional and/or behavioral problems. The other majority of Maritza's clients are clients who are seeking to address their emotional, physical, and spiritual health in therapy.
Maritza is trained in a variety of methods of therapy, such as, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectic Behavioral Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy. In session, Maritza focuses on addressing and teaching techniques to help support their mind, body, and spirit. This approach supports clients to make positive and holistic changes in their daily life.
Maritza style is described as "focused on natural and holistic ways of healing, while still using evidence based therapy approaches." Clients have stated, “she gives you the opportunity to tell your story, current life problems and stressors, but she also expects you to put in the work, to make small but necessary changes in your life to get results.” Maritza provides coping skills, detailed activities to assist in changing and modifying presenting problem/s and recommends natural supplements, vitamins, yoga techniques, and healing music frequencies to assist with positive lifestyle changes.
Maritza has many years of experience in providing therapy for depression, anxiety, stress, emotional dysregulation, parent-child relationship problems, and trauma. Outside of private practice, Maritza also provides therapy to individuals in a local community health care center. She is passionate about providing natural/holistic and evidence based healing techniques to her clients and community.
Spirituality & religion - Exploring beliefs and practices related to meaning, existence, and spiritual health and healing; enjoying a deeper felt connection with the spiritual dimension of one's life
Emotion regulation - Learning how to effectively manage the ups and downs of intense emotions; developing coping skills to use in a variety of settings to calm oneself and to give an appropriate amount of space to emotions
Parenting - Helping parents develop and implement strategies to address challenges that arise throughout childrearing; managing stress and increasing support
Adolescent mental health - Working with adolescents, teenagers, and parents on social, academic, and/or emotional challenges throughout teenage years; addressing anxiety, family conflicts, peer relationships, school stress, transition to college, social media pressures, self-esteem, hopelessness about the future, emotional disregulation
Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Mind-body connection - Practicing mindfulness to draw together how the body feels physically and how the mind feels mentally; healing both physically and mentally
This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:
Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.
We can provide a superbill for client to submit to insurance for reimbursement. Clients can also use their HSA or FSA to pay for their sessions.
Years of Experience: 8 years
Erie Family Health Center, Behavioral Health Specialist, 2016 - Present
Lake County Counseling Center, Lead Clinical Therapist, 2020 - Present
Lake County Health Department, Senior Therapist, 2007 - 2016
PESI Continuing Education Courses, Yoga and Mindfulness Based Tools to Manage Anxiety and Stress, 2022
PESI Continuing Education Courses, 16 hour Trauma Conference: Trauma Healing, 2021
PESI Continuing Education Courses, 16 Hour Telehealth for Mental Health Professionals, 2020
Dominican University, Masters of Social Work, 2014
UC Davis, 40 Hour Child/Adolescent/Adult Crisis Intervention and Counseling Training, 2007
University of Wisconsin- Parkside, Bachelor of Arts, 2006