We love having Ritamaria’s warm, supportive presence around IFC. Even our most shy and anxious clients feel immediately at ease when they meet Rita for the first time. Rita is able to connect with some of the most ‘hard to reach’ clients by validating their struggles and taking the time to understand the unique way they view the world. She is often quick to identify her client’s strengths (even when they can’t find them for themselves) and is able to help them utilize these strengths to reach their fullest potential. Rita has specialized training and experience in treating: ADD/ADHD Anxiety Behavior Problems Loss or Grief Autism Spectrum Disorders Trauma Attachment disorders Self-Esteem Selective Mutism Rita views therapy as a collaborative effort to create positive change and strengthen family systems and relationships. She also works with parents in order to treat behavioral challenges such as oppositional defiant disorder, school and learning challenges, and FASD.