Curandera Counseling specializes in social-justice-oriented, trauma-informed, sex-positive psychotherapy for adult individuals, couples or romantic groups, and families.
At Curandera Counseling, clients of all creeds, colors, and communities are welcome. We prioritize the experience of marginalized individuals in ways that allow divestment from oppression and alignment with liberated thoughts and lives. We are LGBTQIA2S+, intentionally intersectional in our Feminist approach, and seek to always be co-conspirators for change.
Clients are supported through encouragement, healing, and growth via diverse, robust psychotherapeutic methods and dynamic experiences. Personal work often involves things like talk therapy, processing genograms, evaluating relational needs. Systemic work (therapy that deals with the many moving parts of life) will often involve homework for further reflection on the history of oppression and trauma that may be affecting clients and their communities. Of course, most therapy involves a little from each.
Curandera Counseling upholds the ethics of all professional codes. Additionally, all therapy is conducted from a Social Justice perspective. We believe that Black Lives Matter, Sex Work is Work, and that we are only our own worst enemies when systems of oppression have forced us to be.
Maritza, who has a degree in religious studies and was trained in both faith-based and secular techniques, uses tools from the Intimacy Therapy model edited for secular inclusion and applicability.
Maritza Valle, MA, LPC, solar-powered water-baby, has spent the last three decades helping take care of people. She earned three undergraduate degrees from The University of Texas at Austin in Theatre and Dance, Religious Studies, and Radio, TV, Film while working as a carpenter, RA, and relief worker abroad.
Two years after earning her undergrads, Maritza went to grad school at Texas State University to earn her Master’s of Art in Professional Counseling in May of 2014. During this time, she also went to Texas Healing Arts Institute to earn her certificate and licensure in Massage Therapy. She earned her licensed internship hours at the Center for Relational Care and started her private practice in August of 2016. In both practices, Maritza uses her intuition and empathy to provide compassionate care with the flavor of the old ways.
Maritza was raised in between Houston, Texas, the hills of back country Tennessee, and the Rio Grande valley. As a tri-cultural, bi-racial, one-and-one-half lingual individual, she learned early and well how to translate amongst and between different styles of communication.
Maritza is a queer, gender-fluid, Latinx PoC. She’ll begin working on her PhD in Human Sexuality from CIIS in the fall of 2020.
One of the methods Maritza uses to help clients heal from trauma is EMDR.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches.
To date, EMDR therapy has helped millions of people of all ages relieve many types of psychological stress. You can read more about EMDR here. EMDR can be used with people at any age and to treat a wide range of issues including trauma, pain, phobia, dysregulation, and many others.
Developed by David Ferguson in the 1980’s, Intimacy Therapy is a based on understanding relational needs in ourselves and those around us in order to better understand and meet those needs in a way that works for everyone. Intimacy Therapy seeks to improve relationships of all kinds, between romantic partners, friends, parents and children, and organizational teammates.
With many tools and worksheets to help clients grasp the concepts and speak with compassion and understanding towards themselves and each other, Intimacy Therapy seeks to reduce the presence of “stuck” painful emotions and increase the presence of joy through the experience of comfort, forgiveness, love, confession, and truth.
Maritza learned Intimacy Therapy within a religious framework and, along with other practitioners, has adapted the scientifically-backed, neuro-scientifically-sound methods and ideology to work for both religious and secular clients.