Maria Lara


Maria Lara


Telehealth Available
Professions: Counselor, Marriage & Family Therapist, Mental Health Counselor
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LMFT - 99227
Billing and Insurance:

I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage

Fees: -Free 20 minute consultation.
-Private Pay only
-$80-$120individual session
-$120-$200couples session
Free Initial Consultation
Weekend Availability
Evening Availability


Oakland, California 94609

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My Approach to Helping

I believe healthy people create a healthy world. If you're feeling down, unsure of yourself or just need someone to talk to I'm here to listen and help you figure out what you need to be the best person you can be in a world that was not made for you.

I work from a person centered approach: you know more about yourself than I do so lets work together to figure out how to make you healthier (or maintain your health)!

More Info About My Practice

LGBTQIA+ and neurodiverse (especially autistic) clients are top priority. As a therapist, I work to help clients find the resources they need to change their lives. I believe individuals are capable of great things when they are able to live their lives authentically. In this day and age people are struggling to live authentically for a variety of reasons and I am here to help sort those reasons out.

Services I Provide

  • Coaching
  • Consultation
  • Family Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Telehealth

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults


  • Spanish

Groups I Work With

    -I work mostly with neurodiverse (ADHD,Autistic,etc.) and queer folk who are looking for support around existing in a world that was not built for them.

    -I work with a lot of polyamorous and non-monogamous clients who are learning how to improve communication and work through issues such as: trust, jealousy, and time management.

    -I also work with children and their families and help them navigate their way through this multi-faceted life we lead.

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Academic Concerns
  • Anxiety
  • Breakup
  • Bullying
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Communication Problems
  • Depression
  • Developmental Disorders (Autism, Aspergers, etc.)
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Gender Dysphoria
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Parenting
  • Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Racism
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Esteem
  • Teen violence/dating violence
  • Women's Issues
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Adlerian Psychology / Psychotherapy
  • Bibliotherapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Collaborative Therapy
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Family Attachment Narrative Therapy
  • Humanistic Psychology (humanism)
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)
  • Play Therapy
  • Self-Acceptance Training
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

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