Meet Our Staff
Maria Hess, Ph.D.
Maria is currently serving as the Executive and Clinical Director of Humanidad Therapy & Education Services. She was the co-founder, and clinical director of Lomi Community Clinic, and of Sonoma County’s first forensic Marriage & Family Therapist training program. In 2012 Maria was approached by a Sonoma County family attorney and asked to develop a program for court-affiliated services such as supervised visitation, therapeutic supervised visitation, and mediation. These services were to be targeted towards the bilingual, multicultural community who in many cases would not be eligible for assistance. Maria had a vision for providing culturally sensitive therapists and set about the task of securing counseling students from universities in the Bay Area to serve the community. Maria has been a leader in the movement dedicated to exploring Trauma Informed Care and Vicarious Trauma in Sonoma County schools.
Cecilia Perez, MFT
Cecilia is currently providing mental health services in Santa Rosa and Petaluma, California. At Humanidad Therapy & Education Services, she is providing bilingual and bicultural therapy services to adults, couples, families and children. Cecilia has been an active member of Sonoma County’s mental health community since 2006, working to provide counseling services in a variety of settings including schools, court-affiliated and community mental health agencies. Cecilia received a Master’s degree in counseling from San Francisco State University in 2010, and is now a Licensed Marriage & Family therapist.
Claudia Avalos, MS
Claudia Avalos MS, obtained her Masters in Counseling Marriage Family Therapy from San Francisco State University. Claudia is bilingual and bicultural. Claudia is trained in the One Circle 'Girl's Circle' and 'The Council for Boys and Young Men' group models. She has experience providing counseling services to individuals, couples, families, and groups from diverse cultural backgrounds.