Maria received her undergraduate degree from the University of the Americas in Mexico City where she majored in Cultural Anthropology. She has post graduate training in Early Childhood education from Webster University and a Master's degree in Counseling from the University of Missouri.
She has been a State Certified Parent Educator in Missouri's Parents As Teachers' Program where she worked with parents of children prenatal to three years old. She has conducted developmental screenings and educational workshops, implemented a pregnant teen program, and co authored the Prenatal Parenting Curriculum for the Parent's As Teacher's National Training Center.
Maria has been a member of the Pre and Peri Natal Psychology Association for 20 years and the author of her own book entitled "Bonding With Your Baby Before Birth".
Maria is certified in Holistic & Prenatal Counseling and Body Centered Hypnosis for Childbirth from Gayle Peterson PhD.
Maria has specialized training in Sandtray-Worldplay therapy from Gisela Schubach de Domenico PhD. And combines this with her training in Grief therapy to work with women and children dealing with Loss.
Maria recently finished a year long training in Ritual and Spirituality and is integrating this ancient knowledge in her work with preconception, pregnancy and infertility
She has completed a trauma training program to learn to heal trauma using the body through the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute.
Maria's prenatal yoga training began when she was pregnant with her first son. She was certified in Prenatal Yoga by Silvia Klein Olkin in 1986 and has experience teaching Prenatal Yoga to woman from diverse racial, economic and educational backgrounds.
Maria has a private psychotherapy practice in St. Louis, Missouri. She has focused her work on helping women with the emotional challenges of Infertility, Pregnancy, Parenting, Miscarriage and Infant Loss.