About La Cochina Counseling

Welcome to La Cochina Counseling, the online consulting business of Maritza Valle.

However you got here, you’re probably looking for help with something, and Maritza is  helper through and through. Check out the info below to learn more about Maritza as a consultant and how Books y Booty can help you.

About Maritza

Alright love, let’s online-profile this shizz

Me: Educated, melanated, sexy-as-Hell, smarter than I am sexy. Here to connect with people and help them.

You: Not sure exactly what you need, have a vague idea of where you want to go (or where you don’t want to be anymore), and want help figuring it all out.

Us: Met online, developed a relationship over Skype dates as you paid me for my expertise and skills, and I used those things to help get you free from various forms of oppression, including the ones you’ve internalized (happens to the best of us).

But maybe you want to know more about how I can help you, or why you should trust me. Well, you shouldn’t, not yet. Trust is developed through consistent behavior over time. But you can take a well-informed chance on me, and here are some of the reasons why—


Three bachelor’s degrees, including a degree in religious studies and several years of internship and post-grad work in church. Meaning: If you have vaguely religious/Jesus-y hangups around your worth and sexuality, I get it. I mean I GET IT. I got it, I recovered from it, I’m here to show you the path.


A license in Professional Counseling in Texas and GOBS AND HEAPS of extra training. Consulting is not the same as counseling. If you need professional counseling, I’ll refer you out, or work with you in conjunction with your counselor. And while I will not therapize you, I WILL use my knowledge and skills for your benefit. I’ll just do it without the constraints of professional counseling, so that we can use relationship as a vehicle for transformation. I’ll call you on your shit like a girlfriend, but I’ll do it from a perspective that considers brain development, attachment, and our goals for your growth.


Life Experience that could win an Oscar and be a cult classic, if represented in film. In short, I have survived and come out well from: kidnapping, living in a toxic waste dump, serial abuse, disordered eating, divorce, and everything else you would most likely need to slap a content or trigger warning on. I have lived most of my life in big cities, but I’ve also spent a lot of time on farms. I’ve worked in India, Africa, Central America, and Austin, Texas.

I didn’t just turn out okay. Y’all, I’m doing great. I’m living my dream. And part of that dream is to continue to help people in this new way. I already run two great, successful businesses. But like that bratty, entitled little mermaid, “I WANT MORE!”

More life, more giving, more interaction, more healing.

Still not sure ByB is the place for you? Here are some specific areas I’ve helped people heal through consultation, maybe one of them rings a bell.

Sensuality and sex:

  • Body positivity
  • Exploring kink and fetishes
  • Opening romantic relationships (ethical non-monogamy)
  • Sex-positive approaches to combating shame
  • Navigating polyamory
  • Accomplishing orgasm
  • Owning the sexy self


  • Self-compassion
  • Positive self-talk
  • Boundaries
  • Autonomy — moving on from enmeshment
  • Exiting abusive cycles, including those from religious upbringing
  • Intimacy (physical, intellectual, emotional)
  • Parenting

“The Work,” as we say:

  • Goals accountability
  • Intersectional feminism
  • Becoming a better ally
  • Understanding and negotiating emotional labor
  • Taking up one’s own space
  • Learning better to do better
  • Activism

If we’re getting close, go ahead and fill out the forms below so we can hang out. Can’t wait to meet you!