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MS, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

Maria Dillard

Specialties: Adolescents, Trauma, Military, ADHD

Hi, my name is Maria, and I have been on this journey of becoming a mental health counselor since I was a teenager.  As a teen sitting across from various therapists, I knew there was a need for compassionate mental health professionals.  I earned my Bachelor's in Psychology from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, before enlisting in the Air Force.  The stigma of mental healthcare in the military reignited my passion for mental health for military members and civilians.  After separating from the Air Force, I returned to school for my Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. 

I am trained and have experience with Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Managing Emotional States Effectively (MESE), Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI), play-informed therapy, and art-informed therapy.  I also completed training in the Gottman Method (level 1.) Each session is tailored to meet your or your loved one's individual needs and goals toward growth and healing.  


Current Client: I have been bringing my teenage daughter to Maria for almost a year now and I cannot say anything negative about her! She is always on time, seems to have a great understanding of my daughter, and she seems to be helping my daughter with “life experiences” quite a bit! Maria even gave me/us her number to be able to text her, in case we need anything during the times we are not in the office. We really love the atmosphere of Charis Counseling and their staff!

Current Client: Maria has been an amazing counselor to my daughter who had ADHD and struggles with inattention and emotional regulation. My daughter has learned to express her emotions in a positive way and can express her emotions through her words. My daughter also suffers from anxiety and Maria has helped her work through some of her fears and teach her self love. We are so thankful for Maria and the service she provides.

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