Meet Maria

Certified Trainer in Collaborative Problem Solving®

Over 20 years of experience

Maria Sanders, LSW, is a Certified Trainer in Collaborative Problem Solving® who has specialized in working with children and families for over 20 years.

Maria brings together her knowledge and expertise in the areas of child development, conscious parenting and social/emotional development to support parents in creating a sense of calm, confidence and connection within themselves and their families. She facilitates engaging school based presentations, parent workshops, and individualized parent coaching.

My love for babies and children became clear when I was five years old and my little sister was born. In my teen years, I babysat and was a camp counselor. As I zeroed in on my Social Work career, I committed to working in schools where I felt most inspired and impactful. As a parent, this love and passion has grown and deepened. Children are amazing – always growing, always changing, and always challenging us to grow and change too.

“Through countless conversations with other parents I saw a need. What I heard parents saying is they lost the unique joy and meaning in parenting.”

I was a school social worker for almost 15 years, working with many students with developmental disabilities. I also spent several years working with families through early intervention, as a teacher and a social worker. When my oldest daughter was born I made the decision to be a stay at home mom. In my first few years of parenting, my heart was in the right place, yet I also felt a bit overwhelmed, anxious, and sometimes doubted the decisions I made. Coupled with the stress of day-to-day living and balancing work with family there were times when I felt like I could use advice and support.

Through countless conversations with other parents I saw a need. What I heard parents saying is they lost the unique joy and meaning in parenting

Parents said they need support from someone who is non-judgmental , someone who knows about the latest research in child development and most importantly, someone they can trust.

“I have built upon my experience as a school social worker, teacher and parent to share methods, approaches, and behaviors that work.”

I take the time to learn about each individual family I work with and customize a personal plan that brings the parent closer to their family goals. I am passionate about helping people and maximizing the joy of one of the most rewarding experiences we can do on this planet – raising our children so they can enjoy a bright future!

My house is full of energy with my husband and two children. We live in New Jersey and enjoy trips to NYC, weekends at the farmer’s market and BBQs in our backyard.

Collaborative Problem Solving®, What is it?

Maria holds certification in Collaborative Problem Solving® as a Certified Trainer. In addition to one-on-one parent coaching, Maria conducts CPS® training for professionals at schools and mental health organizations.

Featured Collaborations

In the Media

Your Teen
Bright Horizons


Parenting at Home during the Coronavirus

Fox 29, Philadelphia

Tips and tricks for keeping your family on schedule

PM Pediatrics

Parenting with Calm and Connection

Success stories

What Maria's clients have to say


The parents of St. James Preschool were so lucky to learn from Maria’s thoughtful and candid presentation. It was filled with real world examples that provided tangible tools for more peaceful relationships with our young children.

Parent and School Board Member, St. James Preschool

As a member of our school’s leadership team in charge of community building, I am delighted to say that Maria’s presentation was well received by the school community. Maria Sanders gave me the insight to connect with my children on a deeper level and encouraged me to look beneath the surface at the root cause of some of the unique challenges we face as parents. Having two children with very different personalities, I feel refreshed and motivated to continue strengthening the bonds between the whole family and coming up with solutions that work for everyone. Her talks a must listen for parents of children of all ages. I also found some of the tools I learned to carry over to everyday life and connecting with one’s spouse.

Union Congregational Nursery School, Leadership team

Maria Sanders delivered an informative and insightful workshop to Guggenheim staff members with children between ages 2-14. Maria is a gifted facilitator who can create and deliver excellent content while also being sensitive to the emotions of her audience. The Q&A session was particularly well received as she addressed individual questions with concrete, specific tips that were beneficial for all. I highly recommend Maria and would love to have her return!

Laurie Davis
Talent Acquisitions, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation

Maria generously agreed to present to New York University’s Administrative Management Council on Parenting Essentials: Strategies to Support Us During COVID. During a time when employees are very stressed trying to work full time and teach and parent full time, Maria brought a sense of grounding and practical advice. What particularly resonated with me was her slide called “A Child’s Behavior is an Iceberg.” This made me think about my behavior toward my child and how I needed to be more patient and also to take care of myself. I highly recommend Maria!

Kristi Schwindt Ramos
New York University, Graduate School of Arts & Science

As a busy pediatrician I am so thankful to have Maria’s help with the myriad parenting issues that arise for our families and their children. Her conscious parenting techniques have helped parents of toddlers to teens in my practice. I continue to recommend her kind, calm and brilliant care to patients and friends alike. I find her immediately able to connect with so many different types of parents – first time parents, parents of multiples, Spanish speaking parents, parents of children with delays and those of anxious over-achievers. She has a true gift. I am grateful to say that she has even helped me with my own kids along the way and has made me a better and more conscious parent.

M Thomas, MD, FAAP Pediatrician
NuHeights Pediatrics Medical Director, Armada Health

Thank you so much for giving us the right tools to help us be the parents that are able to help our children thrive, and aid us in raising our girls to be happy well-adjusted kids. From the first few minutes of our first phone call to the last, Maria stepped right in asking the right questions that addressed the issues head-on and guided me to think of the solutions and steps necessary to get the results I envisioned. Not only did Maria help with my concerns about parenting, but she helped to self reflect on my life to better every aspect of it. She was flexible with her schedule, always available for us, trustworthy, dependable and more importantly, she regularly encouraged us that we were doing the right thing for our daughter and for our family.

Mom of Two
Montral, Canada

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