Maud is Central American and lived a great portion of her life in Nicaragua. Her first language is Spanish and she offers support to Spanish Speaking people. Maud’s interest in working with people and communities was sparked at a young age volunteering in Nicaragua as a companion and advocate within rural areas and hospitals, providing support to adults, seniors, children and families who were ill and had scarce resources. Maud also dedicated 9 years to volunteering on the support line at the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region.
She has had the wonderful opportunity to work in a variety of settings with diverse populations over the last 15 years. Maud has provided therapeutic services within mental health facilities, counselling agencies and correctional institutions. Her work experience has been in addictions, mental health, domestic violence, and sexual abuse. This has set a humbling path for Karen, nurtured by a strong non-judgemental collaboration between therapist and client.
As a therapist, Maud likes to focus on a trusting and non-judgmental relationship with her clients, where they are the experts in their lives and stories, therefore are in the driver’s seat of their own journey. Using a person-centered approach, and the idea that not one therapy fits all, she ensure that she is working at where her client is at, focusing on their goals and adjusting a treatment plan that fits the needs of the individual.
Maud is lover of all furry family members. She has a lionhead bunny, a cockatiel and two yorkies. She also dips into art every now and then through photography, airbrushing, and providing aesthetic services at her beauty studio where she continues to embody self care services at Beauty Sessions in St. Thomas, Ontario.
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology (Sociology Minor)
– Wilfrid Laurier Universit
Assaulted Women’s & Children’s Counsellor/Advocate
– George Brown College
Master of Social Work
– Renison College University/University of Waterloo