Maria has worked supporting individuals with behaviours of concern in the government and not for profit sector for over five years and her experience working with vulnerable children, adults and families spans over fifteen years.
Maria has been passionate about helping people with health concerns since she was a teen, which led her to the study of Naturopathy. After practising as a naturopath for a few years, Maria returned to university to study psychology in order to be able to offer her patients a more comprehensive mind-body approach to treatment. Her passion for evidence-based practice is second to none and her advice and treatment marry the most current literature with her extensive clinical knowledge.
The science behind our understanding of the human digestive system is growing rapidly. There are now thousands of research papers of the highest quality that support the link between the health of your gut, chronic disease and mental health. Well established research connects health complaints such as autoimmune disease (endometriosis, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes and IBS to name only a few) and there is an emerging evidence base to support the link between disorders such as behavioural dysfunction and mental health issues to the health of our microbiome.
Maria’s main aim for treatment – be that from a psychological or naturopathic perspective – is to work with her client in a connected and collaborative manner while providing a space for individuals to feel understood and valued. Maria draws on a variety of therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Schema Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Positive Behavioural Support (PBS).