About Maxine

From an early age, Maxine has been interested in the mysteries of life and the human experience. She felt a call to work with people in her early 20’s. She has worked in community mental health centers in Toronto, Canada, Washington, D.C. and Phoenix, Arizona. In 1990, she established a private practice in Tempe where she works with adolescents, adults, couples and groups. After receiving her Master of Social Work at ASU, she studied at the Gestalt Institute of Phoenix where she completed over 700 hours of post graduate therapy training.

Her work as a therapist and her own personal Journey has been greatly influenced by the teachings of the American Buddhist nun, Pema Chodron, the Vietnamese Buddhist monk and writer, Thich Nhat Hanh; her training in Gestalt therapy, yoga, poetry and her own practice of mindfulness. Although her therapeutic work is primarily grounded in Gestalt Theory, she borrows and integrates the work of other mindfulness based theorists such as Marsha Linehan (DBT), Jon Kabat Zinn (Stress Reduction Theory), Ron Kurtz( Hakomi) and Steven Hayes (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy).

You will find her therapeutic work to be flavored by poetry, music, spontaneity, creativity, conscious breathing, humor and special practices.