Maria has been working in the field of social work for over 20 years. She is fluent in Spanish and English and has years of experience working with the Latino community in the local Rochester area. Her education and professional training took place at SUNY Brockport with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and she received her Master degree in social work from SUNY Buffalo. She worked 8 years as a service coordinator at Continuing Developmental Services and then Berkshire Farm Center and Services for Youth, providing case management services, advocacy and support for children, adults and families with Autism, intellectual and developmental disabilities. Maria has also worked as a regional resource development specialist through the Traumatic Brain Injury Waiver program, qualifying individuals with brain injuries for the program and monitoring the services they received.
Since 2018, she has been working at Unity Hospital’s Outpatient Dialysis Clinic, as a member of the multidisciplinary Nephrology team, providing direct patient and family assistance to solve frequently occurring problems related to end stage renal disease and its treatment. Prior to this, she worked on the inpatient unit at Unity Hospital as a medical social worker, providing direct patient and family interventions, including counseling, crisis intervention, education and referral to impact problems related to medical and physical health needs, environmental needs, family and interpersonal conflict, substance abuse and mental health issues.
Areas of focus: adjustment, anxiety, chronic illness, coping, depression, domestic violence, grief and loss, life transitions, relationship issues, trauma, women’s’ issues, workplace issues.
Treatment approach: collaborative, culturally competent, CBT, solution focused, family systems, motivational interviewing, person centered, health and prevention
Maria is available to provide support services from her office that is spaced in a handicap accessible building in Rochester, New York. She is also available to provide services in the client’s home or in the community based on client needs.