Maria Flores, LCSW
Maria Flores has been working with children and families for 21 years. Maria was born and raised in Arizona and currently lives in Colorado with her husband. Maria moved to the Denver area over three years ago. She is fluent in both English and Spanish.
Maria earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Arizona. During that time, she provided supervised visitation for families in the process of reunifying with their children who had been placed in the state’s custody. Maria graduated from the University of Arizona with a major in Sociology and a minor in Family Studies. After graduation, her academic and work experience focused on increased understanding of the parent-child relationship and the importance of attachment. After working with the Department of Child Protection Services in Arizona for over a year, Maria decided to pursue a Masters degree in social work to better support families and children.
In 2003, Maria was accepted into the Masters of Social Work program at Arizona State University. She was accepted as a Harris Fellow, with a specialization in infant-toddler mental health, in 2004. Maria graduated from Arizona State University in 2005 with a Masters in Social Work. After graduation, she was offered a full time position as a home visitation child therapist with the Good Fit Center at Southwest Human Development. In this position, her clinical areas of focus included child development, attachment, trauma, grief, and the parent-child relationship. In 2006, she graduated with her specialization from Harris in the area of Infant Toddler Mental Health. In 2012, Maria accepted the position of therapist and supervisor in the baby courts of Arizona. In this position, she completed clinical assessments of parent-child attachment, using the Working model, Crowell and Still Face assessments while providing therapy to support infants, toddlers and their parents, caregivers and foster placements with the goal of creating healthy relationships and determining the best permanent placement for children to build healthy, safe relationships.
Currently, Maria works at Florence Crittenton High School, providing psychotherapy to teen mothers and pregnant teens. She also provides early childhood mental health consultation to Denver Great Kids Head Start.
Maria is currently licensed as a clinical social worker in Colorado and Arizona. Maria has been trained in play therapy, child parent psychotherapy, EMDR therapy, and parent/child relationships (which includes all areas of infant-toddler mental health). Maria has been involved in the Infant Toddler Mental Health Coalition of Arizona as a mentor coach, reflective supervisor and part of the state’s initiative group to be part of the mentor group for ITMHCA. Maria is currently working on becoming a member and also endorsed as a level IV clinician in Colorado which will include multiple states in the area of infant toddler mental health.
Maria is passionate about serving caregivers and their young children, and building the caregiver- child relationship. Maria believes that being cared for, loved, and having a loving relationship during infancy and beyond increases healthy brain development and overall development. She holds the firm belief that every child-regardless of income, background or status-deserves to feel loved and safe. Maria strives to support parents and children in growing loving and safe relationships.