Maggie Slaska, PhD, LMFT

Phone:  619-786-6222

My approach to therapy is conversational, warm, non-judgmental and engaged. I work with individual and couples fully online and in-person. I'm licensed in CA and PA.  

Solution-Focused Narrative Therapy

Solution-Focused therapy is an evidence-based approach that can achieve faster results than traditional psychotherapeutic approaches.  Combined with Narrative therapy, which helps to develop new perspectives on problems, this theoretically integrated approach can help to explore your preferred outcomes and  help you in the change process by creating small, manageable steps to get to you where you want to be next. 

Narrative therapists often say, “The person is not the problem, the problem is the problem.” This is a powerful, yet simple statement. It means we can talk about a problem as something that may affect you; yet the problem does not define who you are nor does it necessarily determine the future.  Talk is not just talk- our words and language define our perspective, delineate what we can see or not yet see, determines the horizon we are able to imagine.  To learn more about Solution-Focused Therapy, check out this article.

People can and do change, given the right supports and helpful conditions. I listen well, have a good sense of humor, empathize and provide gentle but direct nudges towards positive change.


Ph.D. Psychology, Vrije University Brussels, Belgium

M.S. Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, San Diego State University, CA

M.A. Women's Studies, San Diego State University, CA

B.A. Psychology, West Chester University, PA

Professional Affiliations

Education & Training Chair,  Narratives Initiatives San Diego

Clinical Member, AAMFT 

Graduate and undergraduate courses frequently taught: 

Trauma-Informed Care in Multicultural Contexts, 

Counseling and Social Change Capstone, 

LGBTQ  Studies 101, 

Women's Sexuality and Body, 

Women and Violence, 

Violence in Couple Relationships, 

Research Methods, 

Psychology of Women

Rate: $150 per 50 minute session

Payment options:  Paypal, Venmo, Credit Card, HSA/ Flex Spending Account

Insurance:  I am not contracted with any insurance companies but can provide you with a superbill that you can submit for reimbursement as an out-of-network provider if you have a PPO.  They usually reimburse 40-60% of the cost within 30-45 days.

EAP (Employment Assistance Programs):  I am contracted to work with Modern Health, Empathia and All Health One Networks.  EAPs offer employees 3-18 sessions at no cost, and additional sessions can be requested.  It is confidential. Contact your your company's HR rep or EAP directly and they will connect you to a therapist.