Maia J. Stone, LCSW, is a psychotherapist who specializes in treating childhood disorders and mood, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorders in people of all ages, as well as people with mild to moderate symptoms on the autism spectrum, such as Asperger’s syndrome and other developmental disorders. Maia feels privileged to be an integral part of her clients’ efforts to build on their strengths, find more meaning in their lives, and feel more at ease with the world. Maia began her career as a high school art teacher. When she discovered that what she most enjoyed was her rapport with her students, she pursued graduate studies at Columbia University and became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Maia has extensive experience working with schools and advocating for her clients’ educational and social welfare within the school system. She uses cognitive behavior therapy, dialectical behavior therapy methods, mindfulness stress reduction techniques, the cumulative affects of guided meditation, as well as insight-oriented psychotherapeutic approaches to help her clients develop cognitive and emotional receptivity for emotional modulation, cognitive awareness, and behavioral success. She also draws on the work of Dr. Stanley Greenspan and Dr. Carol Gray, including Social Stories, to help her clients understand what their emotions and ideas mean to them, how to interpret their environment and their perception of others, while exploring ways in which they can express themselves most effectively. In addition to individual therapy, Maia also counsels couples and families, providing support, psycho-education, and effective partnering and parenting techniques to those managing the often challenging symptoms of a family member. A certified group psychotherapist, she also facilitates groups for early adolescents, late adolescents, and adults. Because some of her patients have difficulty expressing themselves verbally, Maia often uses art and other visual mediums as another method for self-expression. Maia is licensed by the states of New York and New Jersey. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts and a Master of Social Work from Columbia University School of Social Work. Since becoming a psychotherapist, she has continued her training by completing certificates in adult psychodynamic psychotherapy from New York University Psychoanalytic Institute and in group psychotherapy from Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society. Maia is also a certified clinical supervisor.