Maria Levi-Minzi, PhD, Registered Mental Health Counseling Intern
Maria Levi-Minzi received her M.A. in Mental Health Counseling from Boston College in 2007 and her Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2018. Maria has over 10 years of experience doing clinical work with various populations including the people struggling with depression and anxiety, those suffering with serious mental illness, and substance misusers. She has also worked as an advocate, educator and community liaison in the areas of domestic violence and sexual assault, leading to the development of educational and training materials for youth, teen and adult populations in New York.
Most recently, Maria serves as a Senior Research Associate at the Center for Applied Research on Substance Use and Health Disparities at Nova Southeastern University. Her work at the Center has allowed Maria to make numerous presentations nationwide and publish findings related to substance misuse among young adults, the elderly, and people living with HIV. As a researcher, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) also recognized her in 2013 when she was awarded the NIDA Women and Sex/Gender Junior Investigator travel award for the meeting of the College of Problems on Drug Dependence (CPDD). Maria is also a member of numerous associations including the American Psychological Association (APA), the American Association for Family Therapy (AAMFT), and the College of Problems on Drug Dependence (CPDD).
Maria uses a systemic perspective in working with her clients, with the understanding that all behaviors make sense in context. She provides a strengths-based, client centered approach, working collaboratively with clients and utilizing their existing strengths to make progress towards their goals.