Maria Dongo is a certified bilingual teacher that has been working with children and adolescents for over 10 years. She has a double bachelor’s in elementary education and psychology with a focus on child and family studies. She has a master’s degree in school social work with a concentration in schools specializing in pre-adolescents, adolescents, and young adults. Maria’s area of expertise in adolescents is and not limited to teens struggling with ADHD, anxiety, stress management, trauma, autism with social skills and depression, through both individual, and group therapy sessions. She believes that each child or teen has unique needs, therefore, her clinical approach involves collaboration and working with a client and his or her family to find a treatment plan that best suits them in a supportive and friendly environment. Maria aims to work with her clients to better their relationships and life choices using a holistic, evidence-based approach. This approach integrates cognitive behavioral therapy, bibliotherapy, and mindfulness. She believes that the most important part of therapy is to work with clients towards overall wellness and better quality of life and aims to provide this through her sessions by building rapport and trust to feel confident in their life choices. Maria’s personal therapeutic philosophy involves encouraging clients in finding their voice, identifying their emotional needs, and ultimately using their voice to get those needs met. Maria uses humor and creativity in her approach to the world as well as her therapeutic practice.