Maria Laso, M.S.
I understand the therapy process can seem intimidating and unapproachable, and it takes courage to reach out to a stranger for support. I am here to demystify and destigmatize the process so that we can embark upon a journey towards healing, growth and self-discovery. Together, we can explore the challenges in your life and uncover the barriers that are holding you back or keeping you stuck. With me, you will be met with compassion, empathy and curiosity as we work to co-create a therapeutic space that embraces your intersectional identities and empowers you gain clarity of what you need to be your truest self.
I firmly believe in the power of a collaborative, authentic, empathic therapeutic relationship to foster resilience and healing. I do not believe in the therapist as an expert who guides the client through therapy; rather, I believe that the client is the expert in their own experience and that my role as a therapist is to facilitate growth, self-awareness and healing by co-creating a nonjudgmental space in which clients are able to delve deeply into the root of their struggles.
I am passionate about creating affirming and healing spaces where BIPOC, Latinx, and LGBTQ+ clients can work through and heal from intergenerational trauma, racial trauma, systemic racism,, and other forms of oppression. Additionally, I deeply regard the privilege working with those that identify as men/masculine due to the insurmountable statistics concerning men’s mental health and the stigmas associated with help-seeking in our society. For me, working with men (particularly those who hold marginalized identities) has been among the most rewarding of my professional experiences.
Application in process to practice as a Licensed Associate Professional Counselor in Georgia
Working under the direction of Dr. Sophia Aguirre Ph.D., CGP, FAGPA and the supervision of Dr. Tyler Wilkinson, Ph.D., in pursuit of licensure as Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Georgia