Dr. Azmaira Maker is a licensed clinical psychologist with over twenty years of experience working with children and families. Her expertise lies in trauma, loss, child development, and parenting. Dr. Maker is the author of two multi-award winning children's books: Family Changes: Explaining Divorce To Children and Where Did My Friend Go? Helping Children Cope With A Traumatic Death. Dr. Maker currently lives in San Diego, where she practices as a clinician and consultant, and is working on her other books on pregnancy loss, diversity, and anxiety.
What do I do best?
Being a great Mom. Raising children is an amazing, challenging, gratifying, and inspiring experience, and I strive to do my best every day. It takes hard work, a positive mind set, patience, consistency, gentleness, compassion, deep love, endless energy, and infinite hope to do my best job every day.
What makes me the best version of myself?
Ethics. I strongly believe in having and living by ethics of the highest standard. If you are an ethical person to the nth degree, you will live by the principles of honesty, truth, kindness, giving back, thoughtfulness, and selflessness. Ethics have always guided my choices, goals, parenting, clinical work, and life-style. I believe living by my ethics has facilitated my success and happiness in my professional and personal spheres.
What are my aspirations?
To develop and direct a comprehensive and holistic mental health outpatient clinic for children, teenagers, and families. I believe there are not sufficient nor efficient comprehensive resources for families, and I would love to create a mental health clinic that is therapeutic, holistic, intensive, and comprehensive. The model would be based on prevention of severe mental illness, family conflict, addiction, failure, medication, and hospitalizations.
My Biggest Success?
Raising my children and working with children well. Parenting and child therapy is a complicated and challenging process, with many opportunities for failure – for any parent and therapist. I continue to strive to empower children to be happy, healthy, well-balanced, thoughtful, kind, authentic, motivated, and engaged. If children are able to love themselves and believe in themselves early in life, they will thrive. My success lies in my ability to connect and engage with, and believe in kids.
My Most Challenging Moment?
Giving up my tenure track academic position to stay home with my children for a few years, before opening my practice. I made a conscious decision to shift my career path to be more flexible in the home arena. Hence, I gave up an academic position, knowing it would be very difficult to return to academia in the hopes of achieving full professorship. I love teaching and supervising, particularly graduate students, and I miss it, as I am now mostly immersed in clinical work and writing books – which I also love to do.
“Be kind whenever possible.
It is always possible.”
My Favorite People/Role Models?
My favorite role model is the Dalai Lama.
My Favorite Places/Destinations?
Belize is an incredibly beautiful, natural, peaceful, mostly untouched, diverse, and breathtaking country. Consisting of an archipelago, the biodiversity, the beaches, the crystal clear warm waters, and the cuisine are an exceptional combination for rest, recreation, and rejuvenation. I love traveling to far away destinations that are not heavily populated with humans, but offer an incredible array of wild life, natural beauty, warm ocean, and diverse cuisine.
My Favorite Products/Objects?
Candles. Scented candles can be very healing, calming, and soothing.
My Current Passions?
Writing. Parenting. Traveling. Growing my dream mental health clinic. Animals. Exercise.