Associate Therapist (She/Her)
Does negative self-talk inhibit you from taking opportunities that could potentially enrich your life? Whether it be going for a promotion at work or missing out on fulfilling relationships, what we tell ourselves can either hinder or help us. I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to help clients recognize the connection between their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors to engender a sense of empowerment. In a world where matters feel increasingly out of our control, it is helpful to acknowledge what we can control. Additionally, I use a Person-Centered approach to create a non-judgmental environment where we can explore difficulties with curiosity, grace, care, and even humor.
I received my Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Southern New Hampshire University and completed my practicum and internship with W.O.A.R.-Philadelphia Center Against Sexual Violence. While at W.O.A.R. I gained a certification in Sexual Assault Counseling, and worked with a diverse population of families, children, teens, adults, men, women, and LGBTQIA+ individuals. I am experienced in helping clients work through sexual trauma, trauma, identity struggles, confusion, anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and substance use. I have co-facilitated weekly group counseling sessions which focused on providing survivors with psychoeducation regarding trauma and it’s effects, as well as a closed women’s group focused on trauma processing. Fostering trust, warmth, empathy, and compassion allowed my clients to develop hope and the courage necessary to address life’s challenges.
Outside of my clinical work, I enjoy working out, daily walks with my dogs Alfie and Gordon, trying new recipes with my wife of 11 years, reading new books, and watching documentaries. I believe all humans have intrinsic value and we all struggle to be the very best versions of ourselves, even if that is not always obvious. My approach to the therapeutic process includes collaboration, exploring new perspectives, challenging core beliefs, developing new coping skills, and embracing self-compassion. It would be my honor to walk alongside you through this transformative journey. Schedule a consult with me if you are ready to take the next steps towards enhancing your emotional wellbeing.
I am looking forward to meeting you!
My therapeutic approaches are:
- Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
- Person-Centered Therapy
- Trauma Focused
- American Counseling Association
Marissa is currently working under the direct supervision of Dr. Christina Wohleber, PA Licensed Psychologist, to increase her areas of expertise in treatment for complex trauma, mood disorders, and working with the LGBTQ+ population among other skills and specialties.