Maria-Christina Stewart, Ph.D.

Overview

Dr. Stewart provides compassionate, evidence-based psychotherapy that is guided by what research tells us works and that is personalized to you. Specific services include individual and family therapy for children, adolescents, and adults.

Service Details

Dr. Stewart provides predominantly cognitive, behavioral, and mindfulness-based psychotherapy. She is certified in providing Family-Based Therapy (FBT) for youth with eating disorders (also known as “Maudsley”), and her individual treatment approaches include: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and TEAM therapy (a treatment based in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy that incorporates additional therapeutic modalities to help you experience rapid, effective change.) Dr. Stewart is also a certified breathwork and meditation instructor and incorporates these and other mindfulness-based skills to provide a holistic approach to treatment.

Initial appointments generally involve a thorough evaluation, followed by recommendations for treatment. Goals for treatment are arrived at collaboratively and feedback is solicited on an ongoing basis to enhance your progress and experience of therapy. Dr. Stewart provides the more traditional model of psychotherapy sessions, including 45-50 minute individual therapy sessions and 60-minute family therapy sessions, as well as intensives, or appointments that are several hours long for accelerated progress and relief. (Please inquire for details.)

Dr. Stewart also leads group workshops for youth and adults. These include groups that enhance social and emotional functioning and teach practical cognitive, behavioral, and mindfulness tools that enhance mental health and wellbeing. Please inquire for more information!

Additionally, Dr. Stewart has extensive experience teaching and presenting and is available to present on eating disorders and how to identify, prevent, and/or treat them. Audiences may include small or large groups of all ages, such as parent groups and associations, school teachers and administrators, coaches, and student groups (including sororities).

Services List

Eating Disorders
  • Anorexia Nervosa
  • Bulimia Nervosa
  • Binge Eating
  • Frequent dieting
  • Restrictive and Picky Eaters
  • Food Phobias
Mood Disorders
  • Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder
Parenting
  • Setting Limits
  • Connecting with our children and teens
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Anxiety
  • Generalized Anxiety
  • Social Anxiety
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Panic
  • Phobias
  • Obsessions & Compulsions
Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder

Life Transitions and Stressors
  • Career and Financial Changes
  • Interpersonal and Family Relationship Difficulties
  • Geographic Transitions

Before Your Appointment

Initial Forms
As a new patient or family, you will be asked to complete some introductory forms before your first appointment, including my “Office Policies & General Information Outpatient Psychotherapy Contract and Consent.” You can read, complete, and sign these forms electronically on a secure website: https://drmaria.carepaths.com/. You will receive information about logging-in and your username and password, either via e-mail or over the phone. If you have not received this information, please do not hesitate to inquire for more information.

Payment
My practice is primarily fee for service. I accept payment for my services directly, either by check or cash, at the beginning of the appointment. Please call me at (415) 787-2305 to discuss my fees. Payment is due in full at each session. In order to keep appointments starting on time throughout the day, I collect payment at the beginning of each session. I am committed to providing need-based financial assistance on a limited basis. Please inquire for further information.

Cancellation Policy
If you need to reschedule or cancel your appointment, please provide 48 hours notice. Otherwise, you will be charged the full fee for your missed session. Please let me know by phone (not email) at (415) 787-2305.

Insurance
I do not accept insurance and am considered an out-of-network provider. If you would like to receive partial reimbursement from your insurance company, please confirm your benefits before our first meeting. I am happy to provide you with a statement to submit to your insurance company. You may also want to consider using a flex spending account (associated with your primary insurance) or a health savings account (HSA).