Maria I. Lasaga
I speak: English
My gender: Female
Where I practice
I was born in Havana, Cuba. I grew up in Northern Virginia and received a bachelor of science from Georgetown University in 1980. I then studied cognitive psychology and received several graduate degrees from Yale University, including a Ph.D. in psychology in 1984. I taught and conducted research in cognitive psychology as a faculty member at the University of Virginia and the University of Wyoming. After, I re-trained in clinical psychology at the University of Denver and I received another doctorate degree in psychology in 2000. I completed my residency training at the Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
About my practice
Populations: Adult, Family, Group, Seniors. Specialties: Anxiety, Depression, Grief and Loss, Mood Disorders, Parenting, PTSD, and Schizophrenia. Interventions: CBT and EMDR. I prefer using cognitive-behavioral therapies to guide the work that patients and I do together. I particularly like a relatively newer form of cognitive therapy called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) when appropriate, as it is a very powerful type of psychotherapy. One of my specialties is trauma treatment, and I teach the Trauma Skills Class at our medical office. I often use Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) or Exposure Therapy to help my patients address the impact of trauma on their lives so they can move on from traumatic experiences. I also specialize in couple’s therapy, anxiety disorders, in general, and depression treatment.
How I thrive
I enjoy photography and reading in my spare time, as well as spending time with my family.