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“Maria supported both of us and
listened to our concerns.”

Working with Maria was insightful. I am thankful she took the time to help me and my ex-wife learn co-parenting strategies. Maria supported both of us and listened to our concerns. She was able to identify ways for us to interact. I appreciate the neutral and realistic position she was able to keep during our work.”

Z.B.

“…I notice I am happier more often and with
more resiliency and ability to handle stress.”

“Issues arise, but all in all I feel steady and clear and know I am taking care of myself. And I notice I am happier more often and with more resiliency and ability to handle stress.
Thank you!”

Chantal, Lawyer

“Maria provided safety; she was right there,
attentive in a gentle and respectful way.”

“I went to Maria with a difficult, inner conflict. There were layers of old, limiting beliefs getting in the way. From the gate, Maria provided safety; she was right there, attentive in a gentle and respectful way. Her insightful, thought provoking questions helped me to access a deep inner knowing. As a result, I was able to make the decision and take the action that was right for me. That was several months ago and that decision still stands as the best that could have been made!”

Susan Kistin, MA, MFT
Seasoned Women’s Circles: Juicy Soul Renewal in Aging
707-823-1319
www.earthways.info
skistin@comcast.net

SusanKistin
EllenBruno

“The path through divorce is rarely easy,
but the wisdom of a good guide like Maria will greatly ease the journey.”

“When I created my film SPLIT, Children’s Journey through Divorce, I immediately thought of Maria as a consultant to the project. Not only from my experience of watching her navigate her own divorce, but also knowing her positive impact on others going through the process. The path through divorce is rarely easy, but the wisdom of a good guide like Maria will greatly ease the journey. Maria met the challenges of her own divorce with courage, perspective, kindness, and the wisdom of her breath when fear and anxiety arose. Maria brings calm, courage, gentleness, and deep empathy to her work with families in transition. Her understanding of creativity, breath and body practices provide a solid ground for exploration and breaking through old patterns and beliefs that bind us to our suffering.

Ellen Bruno
Filmmaker, Producer, Director, Editor
SPLIT: Children’s Journey Through Divorce
www.splitfilm.org

“I am more in touch with my heart and
have a true feeling of choice in my life.”

“Before meeting with Maria I felt powerless in my communication efforts with my former partner, the father of my son. We were separated for a year, but I had no idea how to access my truth about my needs around a divorce. I was scared and needed a helpful framework to organized my thoughts and a peaceful space keeper to help communicate.

The main issues I came to her for were finding compassionate co-parenting while outlining the steps of our divorce. My desire was to move forward with the divorce in a peaceful way with the lowest emotional impact on my son as possible. After our work together I felt relieved to have a skilled communicator to support my divorce process.

The benefits I have seen for myself is that I am more in touch with my heart and have a true feeling of choice in my life. For my child I know that he still desires for his Dad and I to be together, that I know will never change. However, I feel proud of myself and my former partner for minimizing negative talk about the other partner. Working with Maria has kept our son at the center of our divorce process and keeps us connected to what is most important us, the love we have for him. In my co-parenting, I feel closer to my former partner than I have in years. I feel heard and I know he feels heard by me. We are more prepared to enter into a co-parenting relationship without the marriage.

Maria’s strength is in her ability to help divorcing parents feel safe and heard. She models the ability to listen to understand rather than listen to respond and slows the process down to clarify the meaning underneath what is being said. This is huge. Her sessions are started with breath work that helped me to drop in and relax into the process of open communication. This was crucial as the material we were covering was full of hidden anxieties. Her process allowed me to stay connected to my truth and to hear my co-parenting partners truth with compassion.

I would recommend working with Maria if you need help in talking with your co-parenting partner about your needs for yourself and your kids. I have a deep feeling of gratitude for Maria and feel blessed to have an advocate for family to help with the difficult process of divorce.

A.W.

“…your heart is as big as
the bright stars that shine.”

“As always, I appreciate the love you give so freely to my partner and I; your heart is as big as the bright stars that shine at night like your resplendent and soulful eyes, as the lark sings so freely to the sound of the ocean’s song!!”

Ernesto

“I also appreciated…your careful and concise direction and your ability to
hold space with excellence.”

“I wanted to share with you that the class had a very positive impact for me. So thank you for guiding us so masterfully and for committing to your practice. I also appreciated the environment you created, your careful and concise direction and your ability to hold space with excellence.

Dionisio

“I feel stronger, happier and more confident,
because I am communicating with my partner without fear.”

“My partner and I came to Maria for help because we were both struggling with lack of mutual understanding, clarity, and compassion for each others’ personal traumas. I was feeling angry, confused, and frustrated–I was not sure if I really wanted to continue being in a relationship with my beloved. In other words, my heart was closing to my partner, because I felt she was not reciprocating back the love that I truly deserved from her. Our session with Maria provided a space to express my desire to become a better communicator within the relationship with my partner. I felt truly understood by her. We both learned in session that I don’t have to change how I communicate with her. Maria offered us some excellent communicative tools for us to utilize as a couple. She suggested that we create a container, so that we can both establish a clear level of communication without focusing on content.

Today, my partner and I are embracing a container that works for both of us. I feel stronger, happier and more confident, because I am communicating with my partner without fear. I am also embracing my partner with an open heart. As my compassion is growing everyday for my lovely partner, I am learning to accept her silence when she desires not to speak to me as she calls upon me to give her the necessary space she needs. My spiritual connection with my beloved is growing everyday. We are both dedicated to see that our love grows everyday without any limitations. We are so thankful that Maria provide us with the necessary support that we both needed as a couple!”

Ernesto Garay

“Our time together for me was
both profound and beautiful.”

Our time together for me was both profound and beautiful. I was in a very painful place at the time of our meeting, my partner and I were ending our relationship. It was such an amazing experience to be able to express thoughts and emotions with no judgments. You and Tom were such good guides during our two hours together. I felt supported, understood, and when I was unclear kindly questioned. I do not know if my partner and I will get back together; however it is clear to me that he is my best teacher right now. I have issues to work through and I need his help. I am in the process of forgiving my partner and myself.
I thank you deeply,”

L. Olson

“…I was surprised and delighted,
and recommend Maria with my whole heart.”

“My phone session with Maria went nothing like I’d expected. We were talking because I was up in arms over a custody battle a friend was having for his son. Maria patiently and masterfully guided me to see a perspective that was infinitely more empowering, loving, and effective than the “right things to say to kick some butt” strategies I was looking for. I’ll sum this up by saying that I was surprised and delighted, and recommend Maria with my whole heart.

Alan Cooney
Director of Engineering at Ekso Bionics