Maryasha Katz, LCSW has worked in the field of domestic violence/sexual assault since 1985. While in private practice now, her previous clinical work included directing the Counseling and Sexual Assault Department at Monarch Services. In this role, she was instrumental in bringing the use of Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) into a protocol used for sexual assault forensic exams in Santa Cruz County. In addition, she developed and delivered Trauma Informed trainings to police officers and the District Attorney’s office. She has extensive experience in facilitating expressive arts groups. As a consultant and trainer for organizations, she focuses on a myriad of subjects including: Trauma, Vicarious Trauma, and Cultural Humility.

With many years as a dance instructor, she brings an active curiosity and awareness of her clients’ movement vocabulary into her work. She finds that utilizing the body through breath, movement, gesture and posture enriches the therapeutic process. Her classes in person and online have been met with an enthusiastic response from her students who find her to be warm, inviting and passionate about creating an open environment for learning.


  • Basic Addiction Studies
  • Vicarious Trauma and Self Care
  • Somatic Approaches to Trauma
  • Queer Families
  • Family Violence Across the Lifespan
  • Crisis and Trauma
  • Approaches to Trauma and PTSD
  • Human Sexuality
  • Community Mental Health
  • Clinical Skills: Partner & Spousal Abuse, Elder Care
  • Attachment and Developmental Approaches to Trauma
  • Coming Out and Queer Identities
  • Ethics and the Law
  • Clinical Case Seminar
  • Multicultural Competence
  • Family Life Cycle
  • Domestic Violence Workshop: Professional Development Course
  • Addictions and Compulsive Behaviors
  • Theories of Individual Therapy 1
  • Theories of Individual Therapy 2
  • Diversity Awareness: Professional Development Course
  • Feminist Psychotherapy
  • Somatic Theory
  • Career Development

Selected Publications

California Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) Manual. California Coalition Against Sexual Assault. Contributor. 2000.

Focusing on Pride: Sexual Assault Prevention in the LGBT Community. California Coalition Against Sexual Assault. Contributor. 2001.

Focusing on Pride – Sexual Assault in the LGBT Community (Part II). California Coalition Against Sexual Assault. Contributor. 2001.

A Practical Guide to Sexual Assault Advocacy in the Criminal Justice System. WCS~DdM in conjunction with Office of Emergency Services. Contributor. 2007.

Credentials & Accolades

MSW,  Arizona State University

Prepare/Enrich Certified Facilitator

EMDR Trained

Hakomi Trained

Expressive Arts Therapy Certification: JFK University

Queer Anti-Violence Task Force

Sexual Assault Response Team Member, Santa Cruz County

Elderly and Dependent Adult Protective Services Task Force, Santa Cruz County

Lesbian Task Force, Burlington, VT