ABT Counselor and Therapist Profiles

Maria Williams, MA

Resident Counselor

SPECIALTIES:

  • Grief / Loss

  • Mood Disorders

  • Child / Adolescent

Issues:

  • Abuse (physical, sexual, financial, verbal, emotional, etc.)
  • ADD/ADHD & Behavioral issues
  • Adoption
  • Anxiety
  • Autism Spectrum
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Career Counseling
  • Codependency
  • Depression
  • Emotional disturbance
  • Family Issues
  • Grief / Loss / Bereavement
  • Identity (ethnic / racial, gender, sexual, etc.)
  • Life Transitions
  • Mood Disorders
  • Parenting issues
  • Relationship Issues
  • School issues (bullying, poor behavior or grades, text anxiety, etc.)
  • Self-esteem Issues
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Suicidal tendencies or thoughts
  • Trauma & PTSD
  • Weight concerns
  • Women’s issues

Maria Williams is a Resident in Counseling and working towards her license to become a registered Art Therapist as well as a Licensed Professional Counselor. Maria attended George Mason University (Fairfax, VA)  for undergraduate studies and received her Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology and minored in Art and Visual Technology. Maria attended Lesley University (Cambridge, MA) for her graduate degree and received her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, specializing in Art Therapy. Maria has experience working with children, adolescents and adults in different settings such as psychiatric inpatient hospitalizations, crisis work, community mental health skill building, vocational counseling, group work, and grief focused therapeutic groups. 

In addition to talk therapy, Maria offers a space to utilize art materials occasionally or as a central focus during sessions. Art Therapy requires no skill or special knowledge of art. It adds an additional layer to the therapeutic relationship and experience. In life we come to experience things that cannot be described with words. Using the art creates a new non-threatening language between the therapist and client to explore and process these experiences, feelings and emotions. Art is very personal and using it in therapy can lead to unexpected insights, stress relief, and increased self-compassion.  

Maria believes in meeting people where they are at and building upon their strengths. People come to counseling for a variety of reasons and it is her goal to help you navigate this journey with nonjudgement, guidance and encouragement. Maria encourages people and helps people realize their strengths and help build on them to help them get to where they want to be.

To schedule an appointment with Maria:

Ages of Patients:

  • Teens (13-17 years)
  • Adults (18-64 years)

Modality:

  • Individuals
  • Families
  • Groups

Faith-Orientation:

Christian

Treatment Modalities:

  • Acceptance & Commitment
  • Art Therapy
  • Attachment-based
  • Cognitive Behavioral
  • Compassion focused
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Culturally Sensitive / Multicultural
  • Eclectic
  • Experiential Therapy
  • Family counseling
  • Narrative
  • Person-centered
  • Play Therapy
  • Positive Psychology
  • Psychoanalytical
  • Psychodynamic
  • Sand play
  • Strength-based
  • Trauma focused / trauma informed
  • Expressive Arts