Ms. Maria Rodriguez Blanco, MS, LMFT

(She/Her)
Preferred Name: Maria

EMDR Trainer

About Me

Comprehensive Family Counseling is dedicated to raising the bar for South Florida. With a compassionate and innovative approach to mental health, our patients have the skills needed to effectively communicate with loved ones, bosses and their community. Treatment is customized for the individual, couple or family within each specialty. Comprehensive Family Counseling is committed to guiding you on your journey in life and improving your relationships, despite any trauma you may have experienced. We understand systems, trauma, and attachments that are at the heart of many challenges. Get the support you deserve to work through anxiety, depression, relationship issues, grief, parenting needs, trauma, and behavioral difficulties.

Education & Experience

St. Thomas University, Miami, Florida Master of Science in Marriage and Family, May 1992 University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida Bachelor in the Science of Nursing (BSN) December 1981 Private practice in Marriage and Family Counseling. Counseling individuals, couples, adolescents, children, and families. Counseling children using play and behavioral therapy techniques. Counseling with adolescents for improving coping, social and life skills. Counseling Oppositional Defiant Behavior issues and able to determine Autism from other diagnoses. Excellent assessment skills using DSM V Diagnostic Guidelines. For couples counseling, the use of the Gottman Institute Method. Experience with EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) method for anxiety, and depression trauma with children, adolescents, and adults. Experience with home visits as a registered nurse and licensed marriage and family therapist. Experience with dependency and family court systems. Also, experience with co-parenting skills in divorce cases.

Professional & Volunteer Affiliations

Community Mental Health - In-Services – 1991-present. Family & Victims Assistance program – Counseling in the areas of Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse with minors and adults. Speaker at Churches with different psychology topics as requested.

Specialty Area

  • Abuse/Neglect
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety/Panic Attacks
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Birth Trauma/Pregnancy Loss
  • Chronic Illness/Medical Issues
  • Chronic Pain
  • Depression
  • Domestic Violence
  • Family Issues
  • Grief/Loss/Mourning
  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Marriage/Relationship Issues
  • Mood Disorders
  • Moral Injury
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders
  • Performance Enhancement
  • Phobias
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Self-Harm
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Somatic Issues
  • Spirituality
  • Sports Injuries
  • Stress Management
  • Suicide Risk
  • Survivor's Guilt
  • Traumatic Incident

Population Served

  • Adults
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Immigrants

Language

  • English
  • Spanish