About Me


Welcome, I am so glad that you are here.  It's difficult to be in stressful situations that can cause anxiety & self-doubt, and maybe you're looking for something more than advice from family and friends. My goal as a therapist  is to provide a safe & compassionate place where counseling clients from Jacksonville, Swansboro & Eastern North Carolina can get encouragement and support as they navigate through the challenges of life.  No matter what you are going through, whether it is Depression, Anxiety , Anger, Self esteem or Personal Growth issues, Loneliness, Relationship Issues  or Trauma/PTSD, feeling heard is vital. I want you to feel heard so you can find peace in your life. Be heard, get seen. Express yourself. Share your perspective & explore your experiences with a licensed, trained clinical therapist, nurse & health coach who will offer empathic presence & genuine feedback.


My name is Maria Donaty-Gurba , LCSW, LCAS, RN. 

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist, a Registered Nurse,  a Duke Certified Integrative Health Coach and a level II iRest Yoga Nidra practitioner. I have worked in the Healthcare field for 25+ years, now providing compassionate psychotherapy to help you find peace & happiness.

" People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone”
– Aubrey Hepburn


I am trained in many evidence-based, empirically supported therapeutic modalities to include Gottman Couples Therapy,  Discernment Counseling, EMDR/Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing,  EMI/Eye Movement Integration,  TRM/Trauma Resiliency Model, Ego States,  CBT/Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Ericksonian Hypnosis, i-Rest Yoga Nidra, & Solution Focused Therapy to name a few. Additionally l am trained in Mindfulness and Meditative based modalities.