ABOUT THE PRESENTER
Maria Claudia Cauterucci holds an M.A. in Clinical Psychology and has over 15 years practicing outpatient psychotherapy with adults, couples, and groups at her private practice at Alexander Psychotherapy Associates in downtown Washington, D.C. She has specific experience working with identity transitions related to culture, sexuality, and coming of age. Claudia works in both English and Spanish, and her treatment modalities include psychodynamic, interpersonal, mindfulness (meditation), and neuroscientific approaches. Her work with couples has centered on cross-cultural, interracial, and gay partnerships, and she has an expertise in issues related to infidelity, the subject of her graduate research.
Claudia’s post-graduate accomplishments include passing the National Counselor Certification and becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor in the District of Columbia. She has advanced training in group process and treatment from the Washington School of Psychiatry, where she completed a two-year program in group psychotherapy. She also served as a small group consultant for the Washington-Baltimore A.K. Rice Institute, an organization that addresses authority and leadership in group settings. Claudia has over 10 years of experience in leading psychotherapy groups and in May 2010 she was awarded the status of Certified Group Psychotherapist from the American Group Psychotherapy Association, formalizing her as a national expert in group psychotherapy. In 2005, Claudia completed a one-year program at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City (accredited by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners) and became a certified Holistic Health Counselor.
In 2010, she developed the innovative workshop series called “DYNAMIC MEDITATION” that integrates mindfulness, neuroscientific theory, and meditation into a practical and portable coping skill designed to be used in all settings, both clinical and non-clinical. Her unique expertise is grounded in 20+ years of experience in Mindfulness Therapy and neuroscience, and her dedicated personal practice of various forms of meditation. The workshop series applies the Dynamic Meditation coping skill to themes such as Love and Relationships, Money and Abundance, Family and Intimacy, as well as other special topics.
In 2015, she became the owner and health coach of BM2DC, a holistic nutritional program that emphasized working with the whole individual, with a particular focus on the internal obstacles to healthier living. She explores the symptoms of health issues and physical ailments as signs unconscious and unprocessed emotional resistance and assists the individual in identifying these.
Claudia is bicultural and bilingual in English and Spanish, is proficient in French, and is currently learning Turkish. She spent 27 years living in Asia and Latin America and is nearing 30 years in Washington. D.C., a place she loves.