"You will love again the stranger who was yourself."

- Derek Walcott

ABOUT ME

Hi! I’m Mara.

I help people look within and find their way back to their wise, centered, grounded Self. Using feelings as feedback, we hold space for intense emotions and explore painful wounds, maladaptive behaviors, and limiting beliefs inflicted by those wounds.

I don’t prescribe to tips and tricks looking to minimize or ignore our pain as I believe we can never be free from anything we desperately avoid. Instead, I strive to guide my clients to pay attention and listen to what the discomfort might be trying to tell us. I am committed to my own Self-discovery because I know the more inner work I do, the better I am at guiding others to do the same.

I take a holistic approach to healing, exploring trauma and emotions in a traditional talk therapy setting, while also incorporating somatic modalities like breathwork to bridge the mind-body connection. My goal is for our time together to feel as an exhale, for me to be a catalyst for your emotional risk-taking, while guiding you to heal your relationship with yourself. 

Education, Training, & Licenses

I have a BA in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Florida International University. I am independently licensed in Washington DC (LICSW) and have extensive experience working with adolescents and adults struggling with major depression and complex trauma.

My professional training includes:

  • MDMA Therapy Training – Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies
  • IFS – Level 1 Practitioner, Chris Burris
  • Internal Family Systems – Clinical Applications, Frank Anderson
  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction – Elana Rosenbaum
  • Breathwork Healer Training –  Level 1, Erin Telford
  • Jungian Sandtray Therapy – Eliana Gil

Licensed CLINICAL Social Worker: LC-50082582