Maria Rios, LMFT

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Maria Rios, LMFT

License No. 103865

  • Addiction
  • Adjustment Disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Grief
  • Loss
  • Self Esteem
  • Stress
  • Time Management
  • In Person
  • Telehealth

Address: 9029 Park Plaza dr suite 101 La Mesa, CA 91942

  • 0-5
  • 6-12
  • 13-17
  • 18-59
  • 60+
  • Families
  • California
  • Aetna
  • Anthem Cross Blue Cross
  • BCBS
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Blue Shield California
  • Cal VCB
  • Carelon
  • CIGNA Behavioral Health
  • GEHA
  • Health Comp of CA
  • Kaiser Foundation Health Plan
  • Magellan Behavioral Health
  • Medicare – California (South)
  • Meritain Health
  • MHN Managed Health Network
  • Optum
  • Sharp Health Plan
  • TriCare For Life
  • TriWest Healthcare Alliance
  • UMR
  • United Healthcare
  • VA Choice TriWest

About Maria Rios, LMFT

My name is Maria A. Rios, I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California (LMFT) and I have been in practice since 2012.

Before graduating with my Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology, I was a Montessori teacher in Cambridge, MA and San Diego, CA for 9 years and I enjoy working with children and parents who seek guidance in parenting skills and in need of emotional support. 

As a psychotherapist, I have worked in residential and outpatient settings, providing individual and group therapy to adults and teens and I have run my own private practice in office and on line.

My areas of expertise include: depression, anxiety, relationships and parenting, addiction, crisis, and life adjustments. I have additional training and experience in addiction and self-esteem issues. 

In my work with clients, I use some of the leading psychological modalities, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), and Solution-Focused Therapy. My approach is person-centered, compassionate, and problem solving.

I find that self-compassion and self-acceptance are critical for personal growth, and I focus on making sure that clients feel heard, seen, and accepted for who they are while striving for desired change.

In addition, I was born in Ukraine and lived in Russia and then moved to the United States, when I was a young adult, following my passions for travelling and foreign languages. I understand how unpredictable life can be on the global and personal level and I am here to support anyone affected by the recent world events as I speak both English and Russian. 

Life in all its processes and nuances is unique for each of us. I am here to help, guide, listen, and support you in meeting your goals.