Maria Beltran, LMFTA

Maria Beltran

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Every person deserves to be valued, understood, nurtured, and emotionally supported.  I have a passion for empowering children, teens and adults to gain insight into themselves, overcome challenges, ignite their passion, and utilize their skills and talents to reach their goals. I believe that positive changes, no matter how small, may benefit and strengthen the entire family.

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate in the State of Washington.  I hold a Bachelor of Science Degree from University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling and Psychology with a specialization in Marriage & Family Therapy  from Hope International University; a COAMFTE accredited Christian University in Anaheim, CA. I moved to Vancouver, WA in 2016.

My therapeutic approach is largely influenced by my practicum training in graduate school. During that time, I had the opportunity to work with children, adolescents and transitional youth from lower socioeconomic status with a broad range of severe emotional disturbance.  I found these experiences both enriching and rewarding, and have allowed me to learn how to cultivate positive relationships with others who are going through difficulties in life. Being present and curious without judgment is at the core of my work with clients. My goal for psychotherapy is to help my clients learn to reduce suffering and work towards a higher quality of life.

In my free time, I enjoy reading, working on craft projects, challenging myself by learning new things, honing my photography skills, experimenting with cooking, going on short road trips to visit family and friends, exploring new places, and spending time in nature.

Specialties and areas of focus

  • Children/Adolescent
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Mood Disorders
  • Anxiety/Stress
  • Self-regulation
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Depression
  • Gifted and Talented/High Ability (2E – Twice Exceptional)
  • Highly Sensitive
  • Grief/Loss
  • Parenting
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self-esteem
  • Life Transitions

Q&A with Maria

1.) Some therapists are more comfortable addressing the immediate problem, while others want to focus on the deeper issue. Which are you?

I tend to do both.  If the immediate problem severely impacts the client’s everyday life in a negative way, then I address the immediate problem first.  Sometimes however, a client’s immediate problem does not have severe negative impact on everyday functioning, and the deeper issues have the potential to cause problems.  In this case, I help the client address the deeper issues. My goal is to help clients feel more enlivened, live a more authentic life, and have more satisfying relationships.

2.) Do you tend to lead the session, or follow my lead?

I tend to lead in most of my life endeavors, however, I encourage the client to lead the session.  I believe that the therapeutic session belongs to the client and it is imperative that I meet the the client where (s)he is.  Different clients have different worldviews and what seems significant to me may not be important to the client. If there are moments during session when the client feels unsure of how to proceed, I provide the client with feedback, guidance and direction.

3.) What are your strengths as a therapist?

I am a warm, compassionate, empathetic and non-judgmental therapist who supports and empowers clients.  I provide clients with unconditional positive regard which helps create a safe and nurturing therapeutic space.

4.) If you had one superpower, what would it be and why?

Conquering the limitations of time because it would allow me to explore the great potential of humanity.

5.) What makes you laugh?

Babies and toddlers giggling

6.) Who would you have dinner with, dead or alive?

I would love to have dinner with my paternal grandmother.  She passed during my teen years and I miss her terribly; her wit, humor and wisdom were incomparable.