Marissa is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist who is passionate about building a strong therapeutic relationship by way of collaboratively creating a safe and transparent space for individuals. She has expertise providing individual, group, couples, and forensic psychotherapy to adolescents, teens and adults. Marissa has obtained skills in treating a variety of painful life experiences including but not limited to depression, anxiety, PTSD, complex trauma, suicidality, personality disorders and interpersonal conflict. Specific clinical settings include private practice, intensive outpatient care, and mandated therapy working with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Marissa received her BA in Psychology from The University of California, Riverside, and received her MA in Clinical Counseling: Marriage and Family Therapy, from Point Loma Nazarene University. She also holds several certifications in Suicide Assessment, Somatic Experiencing, and is working towards her certificate of Somatic Experience Practitioner with The Trauma Institute. Marissa utilizes a variety of techniques based in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and The Transtheoretical Model. She also incorporates non-judgmental awareness and radical empathy into her clinical practice, with the intent to meet clients wherever they're at in their journey. Human experience is hard enough to process, but our strength is not measured by how much we are willing to endure. Marissa desires to walk beside you with compassion and cultural sensitivity, while also committing to continue to grow, learn and challenge herself to maintain a trusting and secure therapeutic alliance.
BA, Psychology, University of California Riverside
MA, Education, Counseling and Guidance, Point Loma Nazarene University
MA, Clinical Counseling: Marriage and Family Therapy, Point Loma Nazarene University
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