Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
Registration #AMFT119721
Supervised by Svetlana Tikhonova, LMFT
License #LMFT79777

I see clients for

Maria Castaneda, MA, AMFT

Regular fee: $160/50-min therapy session
Individual therapy

Schedule 20-minute free consultation

I work with

children 6+
adults 18+
If you're in need of a safe space to feel seen and heard or are looking to find peace and clarity, I would love to partner with you. My intention is to collaborate with you to help you reach your goals through developing a plan and tailoring treatment to your needs.

As a person-centered therapist and empathy as my overarching approach, I respect each individual and their unique life experiences. I come from a place of genuine curiosity and desire to connect.

Working together, I use a variety of therapeutic techniques that include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), solution-focused, talk therapy, art and play therapy while incorporating your very own strengths. I have helped children and adults with finding peace on their journey and overcoming life challenges.

Therapy approach

  • MA in Counseling Psychology, MFT Program from John F. Kennedy University in San Jose, CA
  • BA in Psychology from Cal State East Bay in Hayward, CA


  • Suicide and Crisis Intervention Training from Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Services
  • Psychological First Aid Training
  • Trauma Focused - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) training from The Medical University of South Carolina

Additional Training

School counseling for three different locations. Ages 5-13
  • Solution focused modality while using a variety of techniques such as play, talk and art therapy for children experiencing low self esteem, behavioral issues, struggling with boundaries, interpersonal relationships, anxiety, stressors at home and with academics.
  • parental support
  • student advocacy
  • groups focused on building social skills
  • groups focused on strengthening self esteem and confidence

Almaden Valley Counseling Services. Ages 8-25
  • therapy with individuals and families struggling with anxiety, parenting, interpersonal relationships, behavioral issues, emotional regulation, impulse control and low self esteem using modalities such as Cognitive behavioral therapy, person centered, family systems, strength based and solution focused.

Suicide and crisis intervention counselor.
  • provide emotional support for individuals experiencing issues with crisis and risk of suicide.


Integrative and based on your needs. I use ideas and techniques from a variety of therapeutic modalities:

Family systems