Dr. maya sztainer


I am committed to creating a safe space where you can express yourself freely, develop greater self-awareness, and learn concrete skills to help you build and maintain emotional wellness.


Whether you are feeling overwhelmed, confused, lonely, or in pain, I hope to be able to walk alongside you and support you on your journey. I will strive to validate your experiences and ensure that you feel deeply heard and understood, while also motivating and equipping you with tools to enhance your quality of life. My style in therapy is collaborative, warm, and engaging. I appreciate genuine interactions and the ability to bring humor and fun into the therapy space.


I aim to integrate a supportive and relational model of therapy that emphasizes your strengths with evidence-based interventions such as CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) that are tailored to meet your specific needs. I value a holistic approach that takes into account your emotional, social, spiritual, and physical needs. I may explore bringing in movement and exercise into your life as a way to regulate the body and improve your well-being. I often incorporate mindfulness and grounding practices into sessions and provide resources to be utilized both in and outside of the therapy room.


I earned my doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium. I completed my pre-doctoral internship at San Jose State University Counseling and Psychological Services followed by a postdoctoral residency with the Kaiser Permanente Department of Psychiatry Child and Family Team. My clinical focus has been on serving adolescents and young adults with a special interest in helping my clients navigate concerns related to trauma, anxiety, depression, relationships, identity development, and life transitions. My own identity and multi-cultural background informs my work and my passion for working with clients from culturally diverse backgrounds.


In my work, I strike a balance between focusing on acceptance and change. My hope is to help you develop self-compassion and acceptance around your emotional experiences while also helping you to explore areas that are keeping you stuck and identify avenues to make positive change.


During my free time I enjoy spending time outdoors, dancing, yoga, reading, quality time with friends and family, and game nights.