Maria Najera, Therapist, LCSW (#104250)

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Maria is a licensed clinical social worker. Maria graduated from the University of California, Irvine in 2014 with a double major in psychology and criminology. In 2018, Maria graduated from the University of Southern California with a Master of Social Work degree. Maria has been working with individuals and families struggling with substance abuse and mental health since 2016. Maria’s passion for working as a mental health therapist in the field of addiction stems from her own experience growing up in an alcoholic family, and her desire to help other individuals and their families who are affected by substance abuse and mental health. In her free time, Maria enjoys walking her dog, reading, going to the gym, and spending time with her friends and family.

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    I learned that life is an endless balancing act. I have to continually work on myself and my relationships with the people in my life. The staff at Sustain Recovery are all incredibly experienced and spiritual. They were available to me whether I wanted their help or not. Through their efforts and experience, I experienced the inner workings of having an intimate, loving relationship with a loving creator.
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