Maria received her Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from San Francisco State University . She has worked with women with perinatal and postpartum mood and anxiety disorders providing individual, couples and group therapy at El Camino Hospital's Maternal Outreach and Mood Services day treatment program. Maria also worked at Stanford Fertility and Reproductive Medicine as an Reproductive Mental Health Specialist where she provided support services for women and couples struggling with infertility and pregnancy loss. She has been providing specialized services for individuals and couples using third party assistance (e.g. egg donor, sperm donor, gestational carrier) to build their families, including psychological consultations for intended parents and psychological assessments for donors.
She has been practicing for the past 12 years with a focus on mindfulness-based techniques and cognitive behavioral therapy.