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Maria Aurora San Pedro, LMFT
I am passionate about guiding clients to honor their true selves by teaching them the appropriate tools to restore emotional balance.

Our Team

Maria Aurora San Pedro, LMFT

Location

Licensed In

CA

Other Languages

Approach

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-i), Cognitive processing therapy (CPT), Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), Prolonged exposure (PE)

Therapy Style

As a therapist, my goal is to hold a safe and compassionate space as you navigate life’s challenges. My approach is collaborative, intuitive, and heart-centered. I am passionate about guiding clients to honor their true selves by teaching them the appropriate tools to restore emotional balance. It is also important for me to integrate culturally responsive care to help clients who may be struggling with intersecting identities and navigating relationships. By learning healthier boundaries with ourselves and becoming more intentional with our relationship, we will meet our authentic selves.

Education

BA - Human Development, California State University San Marcos

MS - Counseling, University of Phoenix

License Number and State

CA 106101

Pronouns

she/her

Why did you become a mental health professional?

At an early age, I was exposed to a community of givers. I recall being 7 years old when I recognized that my heart felt deeply during a volunteer opportunity I attended with my mother. Seeing a payphone located in a home that was being renovated for mothers and children in need of a safe place to stay made me realize that not everyone's home was safe. Although I could not define the way I felt at the time, this is when I recognized the empath in me. As I began to understand and witness the different struggles around me, I often wanted to extend a helping hand. Once I had the opportunity to move toward a career path, I knew I had to utilize my gift of helping others heal.

What are your interests outside of work?

Outside of work, I enjoy being active (running, walks, hikes and lifting weights). spending time exploring with my children and husband, trying new cuisines from different countries, being creative through art and reading on my free time.

What is one thing you do daily that supports your well-being?

The one thing I ensure to do for myself daily is to go outside in nature and get my body moving. I am a firm believer that our bodies give a lot of information, as do our minds. We must listen to both!

What book have you read more than once?

I have read the book The Little Prince more than once because it has so many wonderful life lessons. This was also the first book I ever bought my first-born son. I would love for my own children to reread later in life to understand the significance messages in the book.

Favorite organization/non-profit?

One of my favorite non-profit organizations is called Active Minds. As an Active Minds Faculty Advisor, I find it so important to destigmatize mental health and to change the conversations we are having around mental wellness. This organization is a nation wide organization housed in a variety of colleges and universities which allows students to lead these conversations, have a safe space to welcome and connect to other students. These student led clubs allow people to know they are not alone.

How do you recharge?

I recharge by disconnecting from electronic devices and soaking up the nature while on a walk. Being mindful really helps me a lot!

Do you have any pets?

I am a new cat mom! I have a 1 year old cat. We surprised our kids with a kitten. My son was ecstatic! My daughter on the other hand, cried all the way home saying she wanted to return it. The moment we got home, she said "let me hold my cat" and since then, they have become BFF's.