Solution-Focused Narrative Therapy

Online and In-person Therapy Services for Individuals, Couples and Families

Maggie Slaska, PhD, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist 

(CA 89883 & PA MFC 10036)

I specialize in working with adults, couples, and families who are struggling with relationships,  work-related stress and career dilemmas, family dynamics, phases of life, and life transitions. I've helped many clients through waves of depression, experiences of intense anxiety, grief and loss, and navigating identity and relationships. 

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) is an evidence-based approach that is effective with anxiety, depression, relationship problems, trauma, communication problems, social anxiety, substance abuse and many other concerns that bring folks into therapy. 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.  To read more about Solution-Focused Therapy, click here.

Narrative Therapy

Talk is not just talk- our words and language define our perspective, delineate what we can see or not yet see. How we think and talk about something determines the range of  possibilities and which solutions we can envision to problems. 

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.   To read more about Narrative Therapy, click here.

I have extensive training in Narrative Therapy and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy with an emphasis on working with trauma and resiliency.  I am also trained in EMDR, CBT, and Gottman Couples Therapy.  Overall, I view therapy as a conversation, a back and forth dialogue where you have a nonjudgmental and accepting space to be able to slow down, consider and figure out what you want next.  I use specific types of questions and prompts from Narrative and Solution-Focused approaches to facilitate new ways of talking and thinking to help alleviate problems and access more solutions.  

University Teaching and Training Affiliations 

Frequently Asked Questions


What is the cost per session?

Individual Sessions...........................$150 

Couples and Families.......................$175

How do I pay for sessions?

I accept payment online using Paypal, Venmo, Credit Card or your HSA/ Flex spending account.

Can I use my insurance?

I am in-network with Aetna.  If you have a PPO with another insurance, I 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.

Can I use my EAP (Employment Assistance Program) benefit?

I am contracted to work with BHS, Modern Health 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 to be connected.  


Office is located at 3636  Fifth Avenue, Suite 103, San Diego, CA, 92116. Parking lot in the rear of the building. Cost is $2/hour.