Working with Maya will bring you into deeper and more compassionate understanding of key parts of yourself. As a couples therapist, she actively helps create a productive environment in the sessions, and offers clear steps to create better relationship skills.Schedule Your Consultation
Maya Foster is a licensed couple and family therapist who works with couples at all stages of their relationship and families experiencing relational challenges. She also works with individuals who have experienced simple and complex traumas. Maya can help you manage mood swings, emotional reactivity, defensiveness, panic attacks, fear, loneliness, and other stress reactions.
Maya has training in systemic models of therapy and has been heavily influenced by Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and attachment theory. She has experience working with diverse populations who have complex trauma including the chronically ill, homeless, those with multiple complex disorders (co-occurring), and victims of childhood abuse.
In therapy I help create the kind of safe space where we can process emotions in such a way that leaves you feeling more clear, confident, centered and calm. Therapy with me is an experience that will challenge you to let go of unhelpful burdens while growing in your ability to give and receive compassion and love. We’ll spend time examining patterns of unwanted behavior or outcomes to give you the ability to be more in control of situations in your life that might otherwise leave you feeling puzzled or in pain.
My goal is to help my clients feel safe and accepted in order to promote an open and authentic space. As a systemic therapist, I view your presenting issue in the context of what has caused it—not applying a one-size-fits-all “textbook” solution. Some of the factors we might examine are family of origin, childhood adverse experiences, trauma, attachment style, social identity, and cultural expectations.
With couples, I take an active role in our sessions and have clear guiding principles to help you change destructive patterns, communicate more effectively, and resolve conflict.
I’m a native Washingtonian who appreciates the cultural, social, and experiential diversity this metropolitan area offers. I was raised in a blended family that didn’t fit into a conventional category of what one might think a family should look like, giving me the best kind of education about how to understand unique family situations.
I studied at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where I earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and public policy analysis and the University of Maryland, College Park where I received a Master of Science in Couple and Family Therapy.
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We offer a live online Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and IFS course
Meets every Thursday 12-2pm EST, July 15 - August 26, 2021