At Times, We All Need Some Extra Support!

Maria Moua

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

I work with individuals, couples and families in Maplewood, MN.

I help people who are struggling and stuck in painful cycles of conflict to heal and move forward.

I work with patients of all ages. However, for children ages children ages 0-10 years therapy is usually focused on parent-empowerment/coaching/ attachment-related issues through the use of family therapy sessions.

I have extensive experience working with individuals and families from diverse backgrounds, and I am passionate about strengthening roles and relationships in families to help them build deeper and more meaningful connections.

More often than not, when I meet with people, they feel like they have tried everything. I don’t believe in wasting people’s time or insisting upon unnecessary tools and tactics. This means that I am highly attentive to each person’s struggles, strengths, and needs. I prefer to begin to identify your specific goals right away and start focusing on developing tools and strategies for you and/or your family. My clients tell me that I have helped them by “thinking outside the box.” They feel that their voice and opinions are heard and validated by me. I believe it is essential for of us to be empowered to identify inner strengths and so we can begin to live confidently, rather than in constant conflict.

I love being a wife and a mom and believe in “walking the talk” of working on a healthy marriage, family life, and lifestyle. I don’t believe in “selling” anything that I am not willing to practice myself, because we all struggle with ups and downs in our lives.

Treatment Specializations

  • Communication
  • Pre-marital/marital/couples counseling
  • Parent coaching
  • Parent-child conflict (including attachment, school issues, running away, behavior, power-struggles, and violence)
  • Self-growth/self-esteem
  • Anxiety/depression/stress
  • Grief and loss, including complex and ambiguous loss
  • Holistic healing
  • Postpartum depression and anxiety
  • Cultural identity issues
  • Nutritional health and integration with mental health
  • Spiritual growth and exploration
  • Relaxation techniques and guided imagery
  • Public speaking upon request

Education

  • Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy, Bethel Seminary, St. Paul, MN
  • Undergraduate degree in Psychology, Northwestern College, St. Paul, MN

Training

  • Systems Family Therapy and Multi-Systemic Therapy
  • Certified in hypnotherapy for relaxation
  • Level 2 student in Healing Touch International, which is an energy-based therapy.
  • Postpartum for Men and Women

Experience

  • 2 ½ years working for Children’s Crisis in the Ramsey County area
  • 1 year as an intern practicing Parent-Child-Interaction-Time, providing psycho-education to mothers dealing with Child Protection and was a Parent-Supervisor.
  • 2 ½ years doing intensive in-home collaborative bridging services for individuals, children, couples, and families
  • 3 years + of outpatient therapy services, working with individuals, children, couples, and families
  • I mentor to young people in the community and am the coordinator for the Hmong Marriage & Family Therapy Support Group.

If You Would Like To Schedule With One Of Our Therapists, We Would Be Glad To Schedule An Appointment For You!

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