Hello, my name is Maris Loeffler and I am an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #94277, working in a private practice setting in both Midtown Sacramento and Roseville under the supervision of Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Sharon Skelton #46398 Amy R. Ellis #40536 respectively. I am currently coming up on 2400 hours of the required 3000 to take licensure exam.
My passion is to join with, and walk alongside my clients in their therapeutic journeys as they create fuller, healthier, and happier lives. I recognize seeking therapy takes great strength and self-advocacy, and I find it is an honor to be a part of the healing process for every individual that I get the chance to work with. I value always keeping an open mind and continuing to learn from my clients.
My treatment areas include:
- Behavioral Issues
- Relationship Issues
- Family Conflict
My Educational Background and Therapeutic Style
I have a Master’s degree from Saint Mary’s College of California in Marriage and Family Therapy, as well as two Bachelor degrees from California Polytechnic University in Psychology and Music.
My clinical experience includes grief counseling for children, adolescents, and adults utilizing attachment theory, Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP), and sensorimotor/somatic based treatments. I have also received training in Brainspotting Phases I II and III, an evidence-based intervention aimed at healing traumatic experience.
In addition, Saint Mary’s curriculum greatly emphasized a person-centered therapeutic approach that has shaped my style of a clinician. Person-centered work has instilled in me the importance of authenticity, genuineness, unconditional positive regard, and empathy as central to the therapeutic relationship.
I truly seek to approach each case from a holistic perspective and honor the uniqueness of the individual and tailor the treatment from there.
I believe in the power of relationships to heal (including ones with animals). I am passionate about animal-assisted therapy including horses and dogs. I also believe that music is one of the languages of the soul and have connected to music through playing piano for 22 years. I hope to incorporate both music and animal-assisted therapy into my practice.