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About Me

Hi, I'm Maria, founder and owner of River Street Counseling Services, PLLC. I serve as a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor, Registered Play Therapist™, and National Certified Counselor with over 12 years of counseling experience in a variety of settings including children’s advocacy centers, family violence agencies, in-home settings, and private practice. My expertise and specialty areas include treating trauma in childhood and/or adulthood, intimate partner violence, and traumatic stress through counseling, play therapy, EMDR, mindful movement, and yoga. 

I am also an Associate Professor at a local university and teach graduate-level content and clinical courses. I supervise counselors-in-training as they serve communities with an array of presenting concerns. My additional service and involvement in several professional organizations, along with my educational background and credentials, are listed below.



I work primarily with youth and adult individuals. I also provide counseling/play therapy for parent-child dyads and offer group counseling on topics related to trauma resilience, healthy relational functioning, mindful movement, and relational parenting.


I am passionate about helping clients address concerns such as trauma in childhood and adulthood (e.g., ongoing trauma; challenges with traumatic stress, complex trauma, or developmental trauma; recovery from childhood or recent trauma), depression and anxiety, and adjustment issues (e.g., life transition, new phase/stage of life). 


Counseling Approach

My approach to counseling and play therapy consists of collaboratively building the counseling relationship and assisting clients with attuning to the totality of their experiences. I use a relational lens, which considers healthy connections and disconnections, attachment patterns and relational templates, and the impact of sociocultural contexts on clients’ lived experience. I also use a body-based framework that emphasizes self-compassion, empowerment, and strengths of clients as well as attending to the nervous system. I work with clients to examine factors that get in the way of their personal and relational goals and overall wellness. For trauma work, I use a variety of trauma-informed practices.

Meet Dr. Maria Haiyasoso

Education and Training

  • PhD Counselor Education and Supervision 2016

    • University of Texas at San Antonio (CACREP)

  • MA Counseling 2013

    • University of Texas at San Antonio (CACREP)

  • BS Family Consumer Sciences / concentration: Family and Child Development 2010

    • Texas State University

  • Registered Play Therapist™

    • License Number: T3798

  • Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor

    • License Number: 71110

  • National Certified Counselor

    • License Number: 320324

  • Intermediate Trauma Counseling Certificate (2021)

  • RYT 200 with Yoga Alliance

  • EMDR trained

Professional Service and Memberships 

  • American Counseling Association (2010-Present)

    • Sexual Violence Taskforce 2019-2020​

  • Association for Play Therapy (APT) (2016-Present)

  • Texas Association for Play Therapy (2016-Present)

    •  Regional Director 2019-2022

    • Secretary 2022-present

  • Association for Child and Adolescent Counseling (2015-Present)

    • Committee service 2021-present​

  • International Association for Resilience and Trauma Counseling (2021-pres)

    • Committee service 2021-present

  • Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (2013-Present)

  • Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (2013-pres)

  • National Board for Certified Counselors 2013-present

    • NBCC MFP Fellow and grant recipient 2014​

    • Committee service 2015-present

  • Guadalupe County Child Welfare Board (2018-present)

    • Vice Chair 2020-2021

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