Maria Moua, MA, LMFT

Sex/Gender: Female
Ethnicity: Hmong

My focus is to help people who are struggling and feel stuck in painful cycles of conflict to heal, energize, become more aware of their inner strengths, and to move forward. I achieve this by providing a neutral safe space, listening to your concerns, and customizing a treatment plan. More often than not, when I meet with people, they feel like they have tried everything. I don’t believe in wasting people’s time nor insisting upon unnecessary tools and tactics. This means that I am highly attentive to each person’s struggles, strengths, and needs. I prefer to begin to identify your specific goals right away and start focusing on developing tools and strategies for you and your significant relationships.”

I prioritize to walk with you in essentially every step of your journey. My goal is to help you grow from your struggles, heal from your pain, and move forward to where you want to be in your life.   I am passionate about strengthening roles and relationships in families to help them build deeper and more meaningful connections. My patients tell me that I have helped them by “thinking outside the box.” They feel that their voice and opinions are heard and validated by me. I believe that it is essential for of us to be empowered to identify inner strengths so that we can begin to live confidently, rather than in constant conflict.

My Mental Health Practice

My extensive background and experience enables for me to offer effective outpatient, individualized, holistic, psychological and relational care for people who come from diverse backgrounds. I treat a wide range of mental health disorders and am able provide a neutral ground to individuals, families, and couples.  I work with patients of all ages. Younger patients are often paired with their parents for relationship-focused and parent-coaching settings.

I specialize in the following:

  • Communication
  • Pre-marital/marital/couples therapy
  • Parent coaching
  • Parent-child conflict (including attachment, school issues, running away, behavior, power-struggles, and violence)
  • Self-empowerment while also balancing through the delicacies of family, friendships and other significant relationships.
  • Self-growth/self-esteem – including issues involving feeling attractive, confident, having magnetism/charisma, keeping healthy boundaries and self-advocating.
  • Anxiety / Social Anxiety / OCD
  • Depression
  • Stress / Life Transitions
  • Dealing with insecurities
  • Life coaching – including issues involving singleness and dating, financial management, finding purpose in life
  • Grief and loss, including complex and ambiguous loss
  • Loneliness
  • Trauma / PTSD
  • Bipolar / Mood dysregulation issues
  • Holistic healing
  • Perinatal/Postpartum mental health issues
  • Struggling with having a personality disorder (PD) or having a family member or significant other with a PD (including Narcissistic PD, Borderline PD, OCPD, and Histrionic PD)
  • Divorce Therapy and Collaborative Divorce
  • Culturally specific issues
  • Nutritional health and integration with mental health
  • Spiritual growth and exploration
  • Relaxation techniques and guided imagery


I can communicate in both Hmong and English.  I can also provide help to Hmong patients to navigate issues around cultural clashes between Hmong and American values, as well as religious conflicts between the Christian and Shaman beliefs/issues.


License Number: 2800
License State: Minnesota
Sliding Scale / Reduced Fee Accepted: Yes
Lotus Therapy Fund Provider: Yes
Forest Lake, Minnesota, United States
English, Hmong
Individuals, Couples, Families
Therapy Offered
Types of Therapy
Attachment-based/Relational Therapy, Structural Family Therapy, Trauma-Focused, Spiritual Counseling, Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Schema Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Gottman Method, Hypnotherapy, Experiential Therapy, Compassion Focused, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Integrative, Humanistic, Feminist, Emotionally-Focused Therapy
ADHD, Trauma and PTSD, Traumatic Grief, Women's Issues, Suicidal Ideation, Stress, Sleep or Insomnia, Spirituality, Self-Harming, Self Esteem, Relationship Issues, Relational Concerns, Parenting, Racial Identity, Personal Growth, Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum, Oppositional Defiance, Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD), Narcissistic Personality, Marital Concerns, Life Transitions, Life Coaching, Grief, Infidelity, Family Conflict, Emotion Regulation, Eating Disorders, Depression, Learning Disabilities, Child or Adolescent, Career Counseling, Burnout, Anger Management, Chronic Illness, Adoption, Addiction, Anxiety, Autism, Behavioral Issues, Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality, Chronic Pain, Codependency, Domestic Abuse, Divorce, Dual Diagnosis, Hoarding
Last modified: March 8, 2024

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