Maria Elena Perez, PhD

Maria Elena Perez, PhD

Contact Maria: 262-894-2658

  • Credentials: Licensed Psychologist in the State of Wisconsin
  • Counseling Specialties: I offer therapy for individuals, couples, and families as well as children from ages 6-18. I see individuals for substance use disorders, depression, anxiety, trauma, psychotic disorders, personality disorders, childhood behavioral and emotional disorders, grief, and life transitions. I offer psychological testing to assess cognitive abilities, academic functioning, personality assessment and psychopathology, and measurement of other emotional and behavioral problems. I am also bilingual with fluency in both English and Spanish.
  • Clinical Experience: Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers; Psychological Assessment Services, LLC; Clinical Psychology Associates; Private Practice.
  • Consulting: I have been an advisor to agencies that seek to educate communities on mental illness and have assisted in revising curriculum for trainings on a variety of mental health topics.
  • Speaking: I offer personalized seminars on a variety of topics and have been an invite keynote at the United Way Women Unite Bruncheon, Marquette University Diversity Scholarship Gala and have delivered countless talks on diversity and inclusion, health equity, effects of poverty on youth, parenting, spirituality, self-esteem, and coping through COVID-19.
  • Coaching: I offer professional coaching for emergent leaders to strengthen their abilities to resolve conflict, unite their teams, lead with integrity, and engage in radical self-care to enhance their effectiveness at work.
  • Education: Doctorate in Counseling Psychology, Marquette University Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Psychology Internship at Ethan Allen School for Boys, Wales, Wisconsin; Masters Degree in Educational Psychology, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Bachelors Degree in Psychology, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois
  • Other Experiences: Vice President of Behavioral Health at Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers (leadership from 2012-2023); Appointed by Governor Scott Walker to the Milwaukee County Mental Health Board in 2014 and currently serving as Chairwoman; Current Board Member of Childrens Health Alliance of Wisconsin; Experienced adjunct professor at Marquette University, Lakeland University, Milwaukee Area Technical College and Waukesha County Technical College
  • Published works in the Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences and the Journal of Counseling Psychology
  • Other Interests: Yoga teacher training with Sattva Yoga Academy, Rishikesh, India; Mindfulness training, leadership development, spirituality, exercise and nutrition, hiking, reading, traveling.