Mariya Pavlovsky, LMFT

Cognitive Behavioral Therapist

  • Anxiety, Stress, Depression
  • Autism Spectrum
  • Parenting & Family Concerns
  • Relationship & Communication Concerns
  • Ages: Children 6+, Teens, Adults, Family Therapy, Couples


  • Trauma focused CBT
  • Motivation Interviewing
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Experience 9 Years

Mariya has been working in the mental health field since 2009. Mariya is an energetic and compassionate therapist who genuinely enjoys her work and teaching the tools others need to make positive changes in their lives and relieve suffering. She believes that therapy should be an active (and fun!) experience in which the client and therapist work together to identify and defeat negative thoughts and behavior patterns that create unnecessary stress, sadness and worry.

Mariya received her Bachelors in Psychology and her Masters in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University. She specializes in working with children, adolescents and adults struggling with depression, worry, social anxiety, relationship issues, and low self-esteem. She also has significant experience in treating children, adolescents, and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder and/or developmental disabilities who also have mental health concerns.

Mariya’s therapeutic approach incorporates several evidence-based modalities including but not limited to Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, and Mindfulness. In particular, Mariya draws from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), a modality that focuses on finding solutions for problems that are in the “here and now” by challenging and changing negative thoughts that ultimately rob individuals of joy and self-esteem. Mariya practices and receives ongoing training in an advanced and innovative type of CBT model, T.E.A.M CBT, created by Dr. David Burns.

In her free time Mariya enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and watching the latest Netflix shows.

What is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT)?

Marriage and Family Therapists are mental health professionals trained in psychotherapy with a family systems influence, and licensed to diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders that affect individuals, couples, and families. The Federal government has designated marriage and family therapy as a core mental health profession along with psychiatry, psychology, social work and psychiatric nursing. The State of California support and regulate the profession by licensing MFTs.

Educational requirements

Marriage and Family Therapists have graduate training (either a masters or doctoral degree) in counseling psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy. Prior to a rigorous exam process leading to licensure, LMFTs must complete at least 3,000 hours of post-graduate clinical experience under the supervision of a licensed mental health professional. LMFTs are employed in a variety of private and public settings including private practice, community mental health centers, and behavioral managed care organizations.

Do LMFTs only work with clients who are having problems in their marriages and families?

No. While LMFTs are qualified to do couples and family therapy, most LMFTs work with individual adults to not only enhance the quality of their relationships, but also decrease symptoms of anxiety, depression, and stress.

How can a LMFT help me?

Like other mental health professionals such as social workers, psychologists, and psychiatrists, LMFTs help clients by diagnosing and treating common emotional and behavioral difficulties that interfere with functioning at an optimal level. LMFTs use empirical-supported counseling techniques to help their clients achieve desired goals.