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Maria Balaji

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Maria Balaji, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Hawaii

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in HI More info Licensed Clinical Social Workers, LCSWs, are social workers trained to diagnose and treat mental health issues and substance misuse with psychotherapy and counseling.

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Hi there, I'm Maria!

Hello! My name is Maria Balaji, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). With a passion for mental health and helping individuals improve their overall well-being, I have dedicated my career to providing compassionate, evidence-based therapy to those in need. This provider resides in Hawaii.

My approach

In my practice, I take a holistic and client-centered approach to therapy. I firmly believe that each person is unique, and their experiences shape their perspectives and challenges. By creating a safe and non-judgmental space, I aim to establish a strong therapeutic alliance with my clients. This therapeutic alliance serves as a foundation, allowing us to work collaboratively to explore their concerns, emotions, and goals.

My focus

I specialize in several areas including anxiety, depression, trauma informed care, grief and loss, and life transitions. It is crucial to me that I continuously expand my knowledge and skills, allowing me to offer the most effective interventions and techniques for my clients' specific needs.

My communication style

My communication style is compassionate, empathetic, and non-directive. I strive to truly understand my clients' experiences and invite open and honest dialogue. By actively listening and providing genuine support, I create a space where clients feel comfortable exploring their thoughts and emotions.

My journey to mental healthcare

My journey to becoming a therapist started with a deep desire to help others improve their well-being. Utilizing my diverse background in trauma ER, hospice care and working with clients facing dual diagnosis has equipped me with a unique perspective and a wealth of knowledge that I bring into my therapy practice. It is my goal to create a safe space where clients can explore their concerns, develop resilience, and embark on a transformative journey towards holistic well-being. Please feel free to reach out and let's begin our journey towards growth and healing together.

My goals for you

In partnership with my clients, I place emphasis on goal setting as an integral part of therapy. We identify short-term and long-term goals, framed in a realistic and achievable manner. Progress is regularly reviewed and revised as needed to ensure the therapy remains client-driven and aligned with their evolving needs and aspirations.

My first session with you

During the first session, clients can expect a comprehensive assessment where we explore their presenting concerns, background, and personal history. This initial conversation allows me to gain a deeper understanding of their goals and tailor future sessions to meet their specific needs. Additionally, clients have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss any concerns related to therapy.

About Maria


  • Addiction
  • Adoption
  • Alcohol Use
  • Aging
  • Alzheimer's
  • Anxiety
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Child Abuse or Neglect
  • Codependency
  • Coping Skills
  • Cultural Stress
  • Depression
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug Abuse
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Family Conflict
  • Gender Identity
  • Grief
  • Hoarding
  • Infidelity
  • Job Stress
  • Life Transitions
  • Mood Disorders
  • Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
  • Older Adult
  • Panic Attacks
  • Parenting
  • Peer Relationships
  • Personality Disorders
  • Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Relationship Issues
  • Schizophrenia
  • School Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Self-Harming
  • Sex Therapy
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sexual Addiction
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Sleep or Insomnia
  • Stress
  • Substance Use
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Teen Violence
  • Thought Disorders
  • Transgender Issues
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Weight Loss


  • Client Centered Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • Compassion Focused
  • Couples Therapy
  • Culturally Sensitive
  • Dialectical (DBT)
  • Eclectic
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)
  • Family Therapy
  • Family Systems
  • Gestalt
  • Grief Therapy
  • Holistic
  • Humanistic
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Interpersonal
  • Multidimensional Family Therapy
  • Marital
  • Mindfulness-Based
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Multicultural
  • Person-Centered
  • Psychodynamic
  • Solution Focused
  • Strength-Based
  • Trauma Focused



  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) More info Licensed Clinical Social Workers, LCSWs, are social workers trained to diagnose and treat mental health issues and substance misuse with psychotherapy and counseling.

Accepted insurance providers

  • Aetna, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of MA, Carelon, Cigna, Decent, Kaiser Permanente (Hawaii), and Optum

Languages spoken

  • English


  • Master of Social Work (MSW) - Hawaii Pacific University (05/2011)

Session Information

  • Video session
  • 60 minutes

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