Serving: 13-15, 16+, 18+
Marissa obtained her undergraduate degree from St. Anselm College in Manchester, NH with a BA in Psychology, and her Master's degree in Social Work from Boston University School of Social Work in Massachusetts. While at Boston University, she received training and certification in group psychotherapy. Marissa completed her first year internship at The Bailey International School in Lowell, MA working with disadvantaged elementary school children. She completed her second year Internship and later worked at Easter Seals in Manchester, New Hampshire, where she was a clinician in a Group Home serving severely mentally challenged adolescent females with significant trauma histories. She most recently worked at Center for Life Management (CLM) in Derry and Salem, NH, an outpatient community mental health center providing individual, group and family therapy to children, adolescents, young adults and families. Her work with adults at CLM involved helping parents improve their children's behavior, as well as in assisting parents in coping with behaviorally challenging adolescents.
Marissa is also trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and she incorporates DBT training both on an individual basis and by facilitating DBT informed emotional skills groups for adolescents and young adults. Her counseling experience also includes over ten years of facilitating self esteem groups for adolescent females, focusing on the media's effect on self esteem, cognitive behavior strategies and action strategies designed to increase self esteem.
Marissa works with a diverse client population and she is comfortable in individual, group, or family/parent counseling, depending on the needs of the client and family. She has an interest in working with children around challenges with self-esteem, behavioral dysregulation, school difficulties, and trauma issues. Her other therapeutic interests include working with adolescents transitioning to adulthood, young adults on the spectrum, self injurious behaviors, and parent child interaction difficulties. She uses Mindfulness, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Humanistic therapy in her daily practice, depending on the needs of the client.