Maya Foster, LMFT
Psychotherapist for Individuals and Marriage/Couples
Office Location: Dupont Circle
Call Maya directly at 202-629-1949 ext. 1
Maya Foster is an individual and couples counselor, and a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT). She can help you heal and change the long-standing patterns that are obstacles to living a life of greater joy and freedom. Her expertise includes trauma, depression, anxiety, addiction, and relationship issues.
Working with Maya will bring you into deeper and more compassionate understanding of key parts of yourself. As a couples therapist, she actively helps create a productive environment in the sessions, and offers clear steps to create better relationship skills.
More About Maya
Maya Foster is a licensed couple and family therapist who works with couples at all stages of their relationship and families experiencing relational challenges. She also works with individuals who have experienced simple and complex traumas. Maya can help you manage mood swings, emotional reactivity, defensiveness, panic attacks, fear, loneliness, and other stress reactions.
Maya has training in systemic models of therapy and has been heavily influenced by Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and attachment theory. She has experience working with diverse populations who have complex trauma including the chronically ill, homeless, those with multiple complex disorders (co-occurring), and victims of childhood abuse.
Working with Maya
In therapy I help create the kind of safe space where we can process emotions in such a way that leaves you feeling more clear, confident, centered and calm. Therapy with me is an experience that will challenge you to let go of unhelpful burdens while growing in your ability to give and receive compassion and love. We’ll spend time examining patterns of unwanted behavior or outcomes to give you the ability to be more in control of situations in your life that might otherwise leave you feeling puzzled or in pain.
My goal is to help my clients feel safe and accepted in order to promote an open and authentic space. As a systemic therapist, I view your presenting issue in the context of what has caused it—not applying a one-size-fits-all “textbook” solution. Some of the factors we might examine are family of origin, childhood adverse experiences, trauma, attachment style, social identity, and cultural expectations.
With couples, I take an active role in our sessions and have clear guiding principles to help you change destructive patterns, communicate more effectively, and resolve conflict.
My Background and Training
I’m a native Washingtonian who appreciates the cultural, social, and experiential diversity this metropolitan area offers. I was raised in a blended family that didn’t fit into a conventional category of what one might think a family should look like, giving me the best kind of education about how to understand unique family situations.
I studied at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where I earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and public policy analysis and the University of Maryland, College Park where I received a Master of Science in Couple and Family Therapy.
Schedule Your Consultation
Or call Maya directly at 202-629-1949 ext. 1
Here are some clinical issues that I work with frequently, and typical goals of therapy:
- Improve communication – create safety to talk about vulnerable subjects with respect and care.
- Transform relationship conflict into connection – deal constructively with negativity and gain healthier, more balanced expectations for your relationship.
- Infidelity – find out what created the opportunity for an affair, whether you can really work it out and stay together and discover ways to repair your relationship.
- Pre-marital and pre-parental counseling – discuss some common issues that arise for couples as they are preparing for marriage or expanding their family.
- Intentional Parenting – become a parent your child respects and listens to without coercion or punishment.
- Improving your success in relationships – gain confidence with being yourself and relating to others.
- Women’s mental health – resolving gender-based stress, depression, and difficulty in the workplace.
- Identity development – identifying where you are in your racial/ethnic identity development and/or gender or sexual identity development and how it may be impacting your life.
- Managing moods (depression, anxiety, chronic stress) – take control of your life and free yourself from fear and worry.
- Trauma – processing reactions to simple, complex, and childhood trauma including emotional, sexual, and physical abuse, vicarious secondary trauma (witnessing abuse or violence for example), and combat trauma
- Grief counseling – find forgiveness and stability as you grow from tragedy or loss.
- Healing from trauma and adversity – restore a healthy balance and rhythm and find new meaning in your life.
- Substance abuse – receive personal support in your recovery to identify and heal the pain that keeps triggering your drinking, smoking, or other drug use.