Marisa Takau

(LCSW)

About Me

Hi! I’m an energetic, non-judgmental, and empowering therapist. I know that therapy can be difficult and uncomfortable at times and my goal is to encourage and challenge you, as it is in these times that the best work is done! I have experience in multiple settings and utilize various techniques based on your needs including CBT, Trauma-Focused CBT, Person- Centered, and Motivational Interviewing. I can help you improve many areas of your life including: improving self-esteem, working through past hurts, managing stress, and identifying unhealthy patterns or negative ways of thinking to move toward a healthy and happy life. I am looking forward to assisting you on your journey!


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • LGBT
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Self esteem
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Eating disorders , Parenting issues , Anger management , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , ADHD , Abandonment , Adoption and Foster Care , Attachment Issues , Read more...
Years of Experience: 10

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

Licensing

LCSW #SW13547 (Expires: 2021-03-01)

LCSW # 2020004130 (Expires: 2021-09-30)


Reviews

Written by E.M. on Jul 31, 2020 after counseling with Marisa for 1 year and 6 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and sleeping disorders

Marisa knows what’s up.

15/10 would recommend

Written by B.R. on Jul 18, 2020 after counseling with Marisa for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and parenting issues

THE BEST!! love her!!!

Written by A.N. on Jun 19, 2020 after counseling with Marisa for 1 year and 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, eating disorders, self esteem, bipolar disorder, and coping with life changes

Marisa is wonderful and has helped me a great deal already. She is friendly, engaging and encouraging in our chats. When I get lost in thoughts she carefully brings the structure back to address one thing at a time. She also has a sensitive way of approaching uncomfortable topics.
In general, I am glad to have her as somebody I can talk to. She has a great humour and I know that she genuinely cares. And I once mentioned that I would love to get a sticker for my therapy achievements and she actually sent me a digital sticker so that is clearly a huge plus.

Written by W.I. on Apr 30, 2020 after counseling with Marisa for 1 year and 3 months on issues concerning lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd

I never would have gotten through this year without Marisa. I needed someone who would understand my values, but still push me. She does that and more.

Written by A.N. on Mar 19, 2020 after counseling with Marisa for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and coping with life changes

I've been talking to her for a short period of time but the help and guidance she provides me are amazing. I totally recommend Marisa.

Written by T.A. on Jan 28, 2020 after counseling with Marisa for 11 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, grief, parenting issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Marisa Takau is an exceptional therapist. She has been a lifeline for me over the last year, helping me to process challenging feelings in a very supportive, thoughtful, caring and sensitive manner. She quickly built rapport with me, and has consistently been thoroughly professional in every way. Her expertise, knowledge and skills in her field, and ability to address concerns efficiently and very effectively has made a huge difference in my life. I feel very fortunate and deeply grateful to have connected with Marisa through BetterHelp. Thank you, Marisa!

Written by A.S. on Oct 03, 2019 after counseling with Marisa for 9 months on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

I have been working with Marisa for about 10 months and I could not be happier with my experience. I can tell her anything! She handles everything with grace and makes everything feel manageable. I am so happy that she is my counselor!

Written by L.U. on Sep 18, 2019 after counseling with Marisa for 1 month on issues concerning depression

Very friendly and helpful.

Written by A.N. on Jun 25, 2019 after counseling with Marisa for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, eating disorders, and self esteem

Marisa has helped me immensely over the last few weeks. She is understanding and patient and knows how to help you work through problems. I feel like I can talk to her about anything! I would highly recommend Marisa for others!

Written by B.O. on Mar 25, 2019 after counseling with Marisa for 2 months on issues concerning depression, and adhd

Best counselor I had so far, responds quickly, cares a lot and motivated me to get going with my things.

Written by D.O. on Feb 19, 2019 after counseling with Marisa for 1 week on issues concerning lgbt, and relationship issues

Marisa really listens to what you need and is proactive with her help. She's flexible and very easy to talk to. I'd highly recommend her.

Written by E.L. on Feb 12, 2019 after counseling with Marisa for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, and self esteem

Marisa is an active listener who really tries to get to the bottom of things. Her approach is practical. Baby steps is the way for me and she totally supports that. I also appreciate her positive attitude.

Written by C.L. on Feb 05, 2019 after counseling with Marisa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, eating disorders, self esteem, and adhd

i love having a young, energetic counsellor who doesn’t project or assume.

Written by K.E. on Jan 30, 2019 after counseling with Marisa for 4 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, and trauma and abuse

Marisa has been extremely helpful. She is an attentive, friendly, professional and non-judgemental counselor. I feel a lot more confident after our sessions and feel good about how I am moving forward.

Written by T.Y. on Jan 17, 2019 after counseling with Marisa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, and self esteem

Honestly, deciding to start counselling with Marisa has been one of the best decisions I’ve made in a long time. I can tell her what’s on my mind and how I’m feeling, and know that she won’t judge but will be honest with me. I’ve only been working with her for 2 weeks but it’s helping me so much more than I expected, and I know I can genuinely trust her which isn’t something I’m usually able to do. I’d 100% recommend her and I hope to continue working with her in the future. I’m beyond thankful to be on this journey with such outstanding support and I’m forever grateful for how much she’s already helped me.

Written by A.L. on Dec 03, 2018 after counseling with Marisa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

Marisa is an extremely caring and empathetic counsellor. I have only been working with her for a couple weeks so far, but she is a great listener. When I tell her about a strategy that hasn’t worked for me she is always ready with a new idea. I can always count on her to respond to me promptly.