Hello! I am Maria E. Soto, a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW). I have ten years of professional experience assisting individuals and families with all aspects of their psychosocial wellbeing. As a therapist, I find that the concept of self and guiding Clients in answering the question, “Who am I?” is essential in the therapeutic process. I use a variety of techniques based on the need of my Clients and am excited to serve Clients in my role as Clinical Therapist Intern at Waypoints Counseling. Accepting this position is an exciting opportunity in my professional journey. Working and learning from compassionate clinicians will help me improve my skills, therefore provide better services to those in our surrounding communities.
I received my Bachelor of Social Work Degree from Lubbock Christian University in 2009, and my Master of Social Work Degree from West Texas A&M University in 2012. I have worked in long-term care settings since graduating from WT, as well as a Social Service Consultant for several nursing homes in the South Plains area. In my current position at Inspirations, I created a bilingual outpatient group therapy program for older adults in our community to address the lack of services available to this population who struggle with mental health disorders. My patients in these groups have demonstrated significant benefit from this service.