Maria Young is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Maria earned both her undergraduate and graduate degree from the University of Nevada, Reno. Her conducted research focused on collecting the narrative of the lived experiences of UNR students that are undocumented and voicing their narrative on how to promote their well-being and support academic achievement. Maria was also a contributor to a research study comparing evidence-based treatments for suicidal students. She has a background in working with community populations including aging and disability, high school students and their families, and adolescents in residential treatment.
Maria focuses on providing clinical services to college students using Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality and Dialectical Behavior Therapy with students expressing suicidal ideation and/or behaviors. She approaches therapy with a person-centered approach, looking at how the contextual environment and individual history plays a role in shaping someone’s worldview and experiences. Maria's clinical interests include navigating interpersonal relationships, emotion regulation and resilience, the imposter phenomenon, self-compassion and validation skills, and mindfulness. If you are wondering what she does in her free time, she likes to spend a lot of time sitting around outside, unless she is caught up in how to “chop wood and carry water”, to which you’ll find her preoccupied with the meaning of life. But this will probably still be outside.