Maria F. Serrano, M.Div., Hon.B.Sc., OACCPP, Registered Psychotherapist

Maria F. Serrano, M.Div., Hon.B.Sc., OACCPP, Registered Psychotherapist

MariaFocus: Individuals. Anger Management, Anxiety, Assertiveness, Boundaries, Communication, Depression, Health & Wellness, Immigration and Adjustment, Life Transitions, Self-Esteem, Separation & Divorce, Stress Management, Trust-mistrust, Women’s issues.

“Life is a mosaic of experiences, each of which adds to the canvas of our existence” Maria F. Serrano

We come across various situations and people during our life time. These encounters not only have an impact on the continuous development of our personality but also have the potential to provide either a better understanding of ourselves or challenge and sometimes even redefine our entire being.

I believe that in the refining processes of life, those critical moments where an individual’s sense of self is shattered and their vulnerabilities are revealed, every individual needs a genuine encounter with a person that would meet them in the weakest and most vulnerable point of their lives, to listen, encourage, and empower to press on. A relationship whose value lies on the deeply rooted desire and determination to impart hope, foster growth and ignite the process of strengthening their sense of self so that they can not only withstand the trials of life but ultimately overcome them.  Herein lies my passion.  There is fire in people’s heart and I am driven to light it up.

When individuals are faced with constant obstacles and failures, they get caught on the continuous cycle of negative thinking to the extent that it becomes difficult for them to identify their own strengths. My goal is to help clients recognize that they can turn those obstacles into opportunities for personal development.

My approach to psychotherapy is client centered and strength based. Through completing my Hon.B.Sc. in Psychology and my Masters in Clinical Counselling, I had the opportunity to both understand the different factors that can impede individual functioning and identify the techniques that would promote change. I utilize a variety of strategies from evidence based approaches such as CBT, Emotionally Focused Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy, to help individuals understand the impact that different factors have on their way of thinking and behaving. Through this process individuals are able to develop different perspective about themselves and their current situation so that they can begin to recognize that within them lies the power to transform those vulnerabilities into strengths.

Struggles are part of life and they have potential to shape and strengthen our character. Let’s start that refining process and ignite the fire in you!

Office: Kitchener- Waterloo

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Phone: (905) 319-1488

Office hours: Mon. to Fri. 9am - 9pm | Sat. & Sun 9am - 3pm (E.S.T)

Office locations: Various office locations throughout Southern Ontario