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Maria Culcasi, LCSW

Maria Culcasi, LCSW

She/her

Licensed in CA #22814
Insurances Accepted: Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross, Cigna/Evernorth
I love getting to know people and this is expressed through my ability to listen non-judgmentally. I want to understand each person and their individuality in the calm, safe space I offer.

My Therapy Style

I have been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) In California for nearly 20 years. I work with adults who are experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma, and stress. I am client-centered, meaning I approach therapy based on what the client's needs and wants are and often check in with the client that our work together is progressing and helpful. I most often use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement and Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Sleep Coaching, and Mindfulness to help clients work through their thoughts and emotions, cope with life's stressors, and find more ease in their lives.

A little bit of stress is a good thing. It gets us out of bed in the morning and motivates us to work towards our goals. But too little or too much stress are problems that interfere with our ability to be the best possible versions of ourselves and can prevent our minds from being at ease to deal with life’s daily tasks or pursuing opportunities. Often too much stress can lead to anxiety and depression. Through CBT and other modalities, we will discuss your thoughts and emotions as well as ways to help your motivation and any barrier that may be getting in the way of leading the life you would like. We can use EMDR and Mindfulness as well as other approaches to get you to a place where you feel more at ease.

I love getting to know people and this is expressed through my ability to listen non-judgmentally. I want to understand each person and their individuality in the calm, safe space I offer.

Education & Training

MSW - Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley

Get to Know Me

Why did you become a mental health professional?

I became a psychotherapist because I enjoy listening and reflecting with people and accompanying them on their journey in health. I have spent many years working at a community health clinic because I believe in quality health and mental health care for all. I consider therapy a sacred space to explore emotions and how they affect who we are and the choices we are making. In my almost 20 years of doing this work, I have found trauma and maladjustment to sometimes jarring life events to have a profound effect on our well-being. I decided to train in the discipline of social work on the way to getting licensed to do psychotherapy because the discipline takes into consideration one’s environment and how that is affecting their mental health. We don’t act alone in the vacuum of our brains but are relational creatures interacting with the environment in which we live.

What are your interests outside of work?

I love playing pickleball, doing yoga, going to the beach, and reading.

Favorite organization/non-profit?

LifeLong Medical Care in the East Bay. I work there part-time and am proud to be a part of an organization whose mission is to serve and care for the health and mental health of the whole community regardless of ability to pay.

How do you recharge?

I exercise, go nature spots, read, meditate and spend time with family to recharge.