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Our Mission

Our mission is to help people improve their quality of life by transforming negative behaviors into functional skills that can help them succeed in life. We value quality over quantity, ensuring that we are able to provide clients compassionate care and support they need. My goal is to make therapy/coaching a fun and positive experience! We take on a collaborative approach in helping individuals and families identify behavioral goals that are important for them and make their life better.

Meet our Directors!

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Maria Carolina Starr, M.Ed., BCBA

Carolina is the founder of Behavior Motivation. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and, Health and Wellness Coach. Her professional experience includes 15 years of teaching preK-2 and behavior therapy in the home, school and telehealth setting. She specializes in early intensive behavior intervention for children with Autism and other related disorders. She has addressed challenging behaviors like emotional outbursts, aggression, self-injurious behaviors, negative "self-talk," food rigidity, and repetitive behaviors. She has collaborated with numerous families to work on goals that are important for them and make their life better.


Carolina has worked at ABA agencies in leading agency-wide staff training and development. She has a post-graduate certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) from National University, CA, Masters in Childhood Education and bachelors in Communication Arts. She is Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200). 


She lives in Los Angeles, CA with her dog. You will likely find her in a yoga studio or the beach during her free time. 


Bokan Hawlery M.S., BCBA, LBA

Bokan has an extensive 14 year knowledge in the field of Behavior Science. She has worked with infants/toddlers receiving intensive ABA education at a pre-school setting and in home setting, with elementary to high school students receiving behavior support in school across a multitude of school districts, and with adults out in the community within adaptive skills training.


Bokan takes pride in providing behavior learning with a neurodivergent approach via naturalistic teaching methodologies that are meaningful and socially significant to the families she serves.

She enjoys hiking, camping and spending time with her family.

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