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Maria Duda, LCSW
Hi there! My name is Maria.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Registered Yoga Instructor. I utilize a holistic approach to help adults 18 and over navigate life’s difficult transitions and day-to-day concerns, specifically with regards to relationships, employment, and body image. I am passionate about incorporating movement and meditation into sessions, recognizing the body as a source of healing, strength, and growth. My overall intention is to create a space that cultivates comfort and safety, allowing us to better understand and work through presenting issues.
HOW I HELP
The foundation of my therapeutic style and approach is self-compassion. According to the research of Kristin Neff, self-compassion consists of mindfulness, kindness, and common humanity. In our sessions, mindfulness shows up as increased awareness into emotions, thoughts, and physical sensations. Kindness shows up as curiosity, acceptance, and openness, oftentimes in place of judgment. And common humanity shows up as a recognition of our shared struggles and experiences, allowing us to feel connected with others. I often incorporate meditation, breathing exercises, body-based movements of yoga into sessions as a means of bringing self-compassion to life.
Having witnessed the role of movement on a personal and professional level, I like to think of therapy as a journey to one’s desired destination. And as your travel companion, I am here to help you identify the destination, plan out the route, and begin the journey itself. I will hold space for an array of experiences that may arise, including laughter, sadness, joy, frustration, and sometimes even silence. More than anything else, I am committed to being present, supportive, and understanding along the way. I am here to help you keep moving forward and growing, no matter where we find ourselves!
MORE ABOUT ME
I have an affinity for the outdoors, spending most of my free time running, biking, and going on walks with my dog Elsa. I also enjoy challenging myself with a tough puzzle, expanding my yoga practice, and exploring different bakeries around the city. More than anything else, however, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family.
SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT
Schedule your first appointment. For follow up appointments (existing clients), please contact your therapist at 773-774-4444.