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Maria Duda, LCSW
“Sometimes growth hurts, but it is the type of pain that is easier to endure because it is helping us come forward as a better version of ourselves.” yung pueblo
Insurances I Accept:
- BCBS PPO
- BCBS HMO NorthShore
- Optum/United Healthcare
Ages I work with:
Languages I speak:
Who Am I?
Hi, there! I am Maria (she/her).
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Registered Yoga Instructor. I utilize a holistic approach to help adults 18+ 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.
I love working with:
Individuals that are open to and interested in a more creative and free-flowy approach to therapy including meditation, movement, writing, and visualization. I also love working with individuals that are interested in and open to incorporating spirituality and religion into their sessions.
Finally, I really enjoy working with individuals that are navigating life transitions and the process of grief.
Some of my favorite approaches include:
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 of 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 more connected with others. I often incorporate meditation, breathing exercises, and gentle movement into sessions as a means of bringing self-compassion to life.
What it’s like in a session with me
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SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT
Schedule your first appointment. For follow up appointments (existing clients), please contact your therapist at 773-774-4444.