maria rivera, lmhc


I received my BA in Psychology from CUNY York College in New York in 1975 and was awarded a teaching fellowiship to Springfield College in Massachusetts where I earned a Master of Education and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Rehabilitation Counseling in 1978. I worked in theNew Jersey School System before moving to Florida. I continued my education in Mental Health Counseling at USF and Gulf Coast University. I am a LMHC and a qualified supervisor.

In 1994 I moved to Florida and have over 20 years of experience in varied counseling settings. I provided counseling services in a Juvenile Justice Program and in schools providing treatment to adolescents with substance abuse and mental health issues. I provided treatment in an outpatient and impatient facilities delivering treatment to children and adults. I have worked with children and their families, adolescents and adults with mental health and substance issues as well as older adults with stage of life issues and chronic mental illness.

My approach to therapy is person centered drawing on evidenced based treatment strategies using CBT, motivational interviewing, and solution focused brief therapy. And my treatment goal is to help people maneuver through difficulties and move forward by increasing self-awareness, coping skills, and improving self-esteem. I provide individual, family, and group therapy for adjustment disorders, mood disorders, anxiety, substance abuse, parent-child relational issues, and trauma disorders.

I work primarily with adolescents, young adults, adults, and seniors.


  • Therapy Provided: Individual, Group, Family

  • Ages Seen: Adolescents, young adults, adults, seniors

  • Specializes In: Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, ADHD, Adjustment Disorders, Relational Conflict, Psychotic Disorders, Trauma Disorders, and Substance Abuse

  • Credentials:

    • Springfield College, Masters of Education - 1978

    • York College, Bachelor of Arts - 1975

Contact: (941) 249-4354 ext. 27