I'm Maria.

I'm a former creative who traded her decade-long advertising career for a lifetime of learning, healing, and serving others on their path to greater wholeness.

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Like many people, I became aware of the effects of my upbringing after a powerful crisis in my early twenties. The immobilising anxiety which manifested somatically as dizziness, fear, pain, a constantly racing heart, and an inability to even stand on my own two feet baffled all doctors, but finally landed me in a therapist's office, where I slowly began to reveal layer upon layer of complex trauma: hurt, neglect, abandonment, and shame. After years of inquiry, meditation, and yoga, therapeutic work with psychedelics took my exploration to an unexpected depth, opening me up to my long-forgotten body–wow, the body, what an odd thing! My work with psilocybin reminded me of my inner wholeness and power in a way I hadn't experienced before, but also made my former life unliveable. Thus, a new path emerged. 

One spiritual emergency and Kundalini Awakening later, I quit advertising at the end of 2019 and dedicated myself full-time to retraining and growing into the kind of helper I wish I'd had through the toughest, darkest times. The path hasn't been easy, but it has shown me the value of finding your true calling and following it at all costs–and, perhaps best of all, it's shown me the value of not having to try so hard, but surrendering to some mysterious wisdom acting through me.

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An integrative, intuitive approach

My approach is rooted in my passion for navigating the dual aspects of being human: the personal and the transpersonal; trauma and transcendence; dark and light; heaven and earth. We really need both–and to address one without the other is to simply cut ourselves off from our birthright to wholeness.

This is reflected in my integrative training in transpersonal and sensorimotor psychotherapy. My growing fluency in trauma treatment, Jungian depth psychology, psychodynamics, mindfulness meditation, alchemy, Buddhism, tarot, and mysticism allows me to skilfully welcome all parts of you without judgement, but with curiosity and a sense of play.

As in intuitive thinker with a somatic inclination, I approach client sessions with openness to what is ready to present itself in the here-and-now: the stories, the emotions, and the body's unconscious reactions to what's being brought up. Together we can bring compassion and curiosity to the patterns that emerge, learning to see their wisdom, and eventually allowing them to transform in order to serve you better today. 

Thus, our therapeutic relationship is collaborative and equal. I'm not a healer, but a partner in your transformation. My role is to create a container for you to safely dive into the unconscious, face your wounds, surface your inner gold, and flourish. I can guide you on the path, but I can't walk it for you–individuation is your process, and I urge you to take it as seriously as you can.

I'm also a writer.

I occasionally release podcasts and in-depth essays about Jungian psychology, psychedelics, spirituality, and mysticism through my Substack newsletter. 

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We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.

Kurt Vonnegut

If you're feeling called to take your inner work to the next level, I'd be honoured to be a guide in your transformation. I offer a complimentary, obligation-free 30-minute consultation where we can discuss your goals and how I can support you.