Mark Flowers, CFP®, CDFA™
Second Saturday Leader and Financial Planner
The Second Saturday Divorce Workshop program was founded in 1989 by the non-profit WIFE.org (the Women’s Institute for Financial Education). Second Saturday has helped thousands of individuals navigate the divorce process, and has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships and programs to help women become financially independent. I am the local leader here in San Mateo County.
We are a unique resource group in the Bay Area, offering workshops to inform and educate, offering professional divorce services, and offering educational tools to empower you. People think that divorce is about the law, but it's really about three things: family, emotion, and money. For this reason, each of our workshops features three professionals- a financial planner, a therapist, and a family law attorney.
We are dedicated to helping everybody through the divorce process, regardless of their circumstances.
Maria's unique background in Counseling Psychology, Neuroscience, Chemistry, and mindfulness informs her work as a therapist, and divorce/custody coach.
She provides therapy to individuals, couples, and families who struggle with anxiety, depression, and trauma (e.g. domestic violence, addiction, PTSD, complex-PTSD, and intergenerational trauma).Maria works with individuals and families during different stages of divorce and custody: individuals contemplating divorce; couples contemplating divorce; individuals and couples in the midst of a divorce; co-parents who must learn to work together for their children; reunification therapy for child(ren) and parents after a separation; and adult children of parents in the midst of divorce.
She has extensive experience with interracial couples and high conflict divorce and custody, domestic violence, addiction, complex PTSD, intergenerational trauma, and severe mental illness (e.g. schizoaffective and schizophrenia).
Family Law Attorney
Toriana received her J.D. from Golden Gate University of Law and her undergraduate degree from Santa Clara University. While at Golden Gate, Toriana clerked for the Honorable Kathleen Kelly at San Francisco’s Youth Guidance Center of the San Francisco Superior Court. Following law school, Toriana worked as an associate at Severson & Werson, PC.
Before joining Laughlin Legal, PC, Toriana worked at the firm of Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP where she practiced in numerous areas, including elder abuse, securities, financial fraud, business and consumer litigation, and antitrust. Toriana was selected as a Super Lawyers Northern California Rising Star in 2018 and 2019.
From July 2018 – July 2019, Toriana served as a member and committee chair of the San Mateo County Civil Grand Jury.
Toriana currently serves on the Board of Directors for Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse (“CORA”). Her dedication and work with CORA has helped Toriana in her practice to represent and advocate for victims of domestic violence.