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Azmaira Maker, Ph.D.

Azmaira Maker, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist (Psy 21570), with over twenty five years of experience and the founding director of Aspiring Families. Azmaira Maker, Ph.D. has been selected five years in a row for the San Diego Awards for Psychologist and now qualifies for the 2022 San Diego Business Hall of Fame (2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023) .

She has been serving families in San Diego for over fifteen years, and her exceptional training in the dual Child and Family Program and Adult Program at University of Michigan provides her with expertise in cognitive-behavioral, positive psychology, play therapy, family therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and developmental, psychological, and psycho-educational assessments with children, teenagers, college students, and adults.

Dr. Maker is the author of two multi-award winning books on divorce and traumatic death, and is completing her new book on pregnancy loss. Dr. Maker’s mission is to bring together expert clinicians from varying mental health disciplines to provide excellent, integrated treatment to children, teens, and adults in San Diego. Dr. Maker completed her B.A. from Vassar (Phi Beta Kappa) and her Ph.D. and Post-Doctoral Fellowship from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in the Child and Family, and Adult Programs. She also completed a specialized fellowship at the University of Michigan Law School.

With over twenty years of experience working in hospitals, clinics, and schools, Dr. Maker can provide expert consultations, evaluations, therapy, psychological and educational assessments, and group treatment based on your unique needs.

Dr. Maker’s Treatment Approach:

With children and teenagers, Dr. Maker utilizes cognitive-behavioral therapy, play therapy, family therapy, and parent guidance with immediate tools for effective change. Dr. Maker collaborates very closely with parents from a family systems and developmental perspective. Dr. Maker also collaborates closely with schools, pediatricians, and psychiatrists to enhance a team approach.

With college students and adults, Dr. Maker utilizes a cognitive-behavioral approach for immediate change and coping with life-stressors, along with a deeper psychodynamic approach to enhance awareness, change past patterns, increase strengths and self-esteem, and engage in healthier/positive relationships and choices.

Utilizing a holistic approach, our work together will focus on providing you with the specific tools to overcome challenges, facilitate coping skills, adapt to life stressors, and gain insight and effective strategies to promote positive and healthy change. Our goal is to facilitate your abilities to empower yourself, your child, and your family via profound, permanent changes to help you thrive.

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