Maia is a registered Art Therapist who received her Master’s Degree in Art Therapy from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. A member of the American Art Therapy Association, she has specialized in providing therapeutic services for children and young adults diagnosed with autism for over eight years through Easter Seals Therapeutic School and Center for Autism Research in Chicago, as well as providing in-home art services for families affected by autism throughout the Chicagoland. Recently highlighted for her work with individuals on the spectrum of autism in the SAIC Alumni Spotlight, Maia came into her field after studying in London and encountering the celebrated effectiveness of the Expressive Art Therapies.
Maia's Personal Approach
I have worked with clients moving through a variety of issues for over 13 years, working closely with them to clarify goals for growing into their best self. Communication and Social Skills are two areas of practice I have focused on for over 10 years. I have supported clients with special needs and medical issues, as well as people looking for general direction/advice around life issues. My approach is eclectic, having collaborated with several clinical disciplines. I’ve incorporated behavioral techniques to track client progress and ensure that we move together towards achieving SMART goals. My favorite techniques are those that are expressive in nature, including art-making. Using these on a regular basis for those interested (all ability levels are encouraged), as well as verbal counseling, allows for a more personalized and successful approach. I have worked with clients with limited communication skills, as well as individuals who need support on general self-expression. I also incorporate opportunities for clients to exercise mindfulness within session.