Maria Ortiz, BS

Sivia Castro, Counselor in Fort Myers, FL and Online with Serenity Counseling Center


Maria Ortiz, Counselor in Fort Myers, Florida and Online with Serenity Counseling Center

My areas of interest include the treatment of anxiety, depression, grief, eating disorders and co-occurring conditions, body image concerns, sport-related issues, and concerns and challenges concerning life transitions and changes. I also have experience working with individuals who have or were currently struggling with substance or alcohol use disorders. I am passionate about providing an environment that allows my client to feel safe, heard, and truly valued. I believe that life may be more challenging at some points than others, and that it's courageous to reach out for help during these moments. 


I believe in using an integrative approach to therapy, as each individual's experience with mental health is unique to them, meaning their care and treatment should be as well. I stand by the belief that evidence-based treatment methods and practices should be a part of the first line of treatment, and that other options should not be. If desired by my client, I am also able to incorporate a Faith-based lens into sessions if Christian Counseling is requested.


I have a bachelor's degree in Human Physiology from the University of Iowa, with a minor in Psychology. I am currently a Clinical Mental Health Counseling Intern in the end stages of my master's degree at Keiser University. I am under the direct clinical supervision of Janean Byrne, who is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida #MH5525.


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