About Dr. Ali Maya

About Dr. Ali Maya

Clinical Psychologist
Plant Medicine Support Guide
Ceremonial Musician and Healer

Ali has been a student and teacher of world mysticism traditions and indigenous shamanism for over 25 years. She integrates this background with her academic training, weaving together the wisdom of body, mind and spirit. 

Her work and music are guided by the prayer for the alleviation of human suffering and the opening of the human heart, in service to creating a healthier, happier world for all.


  • Buddhist and Meditation Studies,  Reed University 1996
  • BA in Comparative Religion (focus on Buddhist Studies) New College of Florida  2000
  • Buddhist Studies, Naropa University  2000-2001
  • Master’s and Specialist degree in Counselor Education, University of Florida  2003
  • Master’s and Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology, CIIS (focus on East-West & Somatic Psychotherapy)  2009
  • Somatic Psychotherapy training, Lomi School of Psychotherapy  2006
  • Postdoctoral training, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology  2006-2008


  • Founded a private Clinical Psychotherapy practice – Aptos Counseling Center
  • Founded Ali Maya Retreats  est. 2008
    • Domestic and International in person retreats
    • online courses
    • mentorship programs
    • one on one coaching packages
  • Joined the Plant Spirit School Faculty 2022
  • Founded “Plant Medicine Wisdom with Ali Maya”, You-Tube channel  2022
  • Released 4 Studio albums of ceremonial music:
    • Oceans of Compassion, 2011
    • Ever-Flowing Fountain, 2017
    • Washed Free, 2019
    • Miracle of Healing, 2022

  • Yoga and meditation instructor since 1997
  • Ordained minister officiating weddings and other sacred ceremonies since 2008