Registered Associate Clinical Social Worker ASW 95261
Supervised by Dr. Carol Seixas, PSYD., OTR/L., LCSW 21390
Maya Sutta-Gomez is an Associate Clinical Social Worker under the supervision of Dr. Carol Seixas, PSYD., OTR/L., LCSW. Maya is passionate about helping children, adolescents, adults, and families create a life worth living. Maya attended California State University at Long Beach where she earned her master’s degree in Social Work with a concentration in Integrated Health. Her most recent work has been at the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center where she provided psychotherapy for veterans who had experienced sexual trauma, post-traumatic stress, substance dependence, depression, and eating disorders. Maya has co-led DBT groups for veteran women with co-occurring disorders and Early Recovery and Relapse Prevention groups in which she utilized the matrix method at the VA Substance Use Disorder Clinic. Maya is a Grief Recovery Specialist and has worked with adults and children receiving services at Our House Grief Support Center and in other outpatient settings. She received training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Prolonged Exposure (PE). Maya enjoyed the process of writing her thesis, the subject of which was “Post-Traumatic Growth” (on resilience). This research inspired her belief in empowerment through crisis and survival. In many instances, it has been shown that a person who survives a traumatic experience can also, as a result of awareness of techniques, skills, and of self-discovery, live a more fulfilling life than he or she did pre-trauma. Maya believes in creating a safe, honest, and nonjudgmental environment to help her clients see that they are doing the best they can at any given moment, while acknowledging that certain things need to change. “Struggle can be our greatest call to courage and the clearest path to a wholehearted life.” – Brené Brown.