Welcome to Wellness! It is amazing that you are ready to begin, continue, and/or modify your healing journey. I am Marisa, an Ohio native. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the Great State of Ohio and Georgia. I completed my Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the illustrious Clark Atlanta University. Then I received my Masters' degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a concentration in Substance Use Disorders from John Carroll University. I have worked in the hospital emergency departments, outpatient treatment centers, private practice, mental health clinics, and a comprehensive addictions counseling center. I have much of my 9+ years of experience in this field in various settings as a student, case manager, Chemical Dependency Certified Counselor Assistant, Intensive Outpatient Program Coordinator, Group Counseling Facilitator, Employee Assistance Program Counselor, and Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor.
During my studies, I was afforded the opportunity to be a part of the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) Minority Fellowship Program in Addictions Counseling. With this program, I participated in a national effort to help ensure the behavioral health needs of all individuals would be met. I have been an active member of the American Counseling Association, Ohio Counseling Association, Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development, Ohio Association for Multicultural Counseling & Development, Ohio Career Development Association, and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Issues in Counseling of Ohio.
I have experience working with individuals, couples, and families – adolescents and adults dealing with depression/mood disorders, anxiety, trauma/abuse, addiction and substance use, divorce, infidelity, family conflict, relationship issues, self-harming, suicidal ideations, and grief. Additionally, I work with clients on career/professional explorations, self-esteem/self-confidence, coping skills, life transitions, and everyday issues through my private practice Wallace Wellness Center, LLC (wallacewellnesscenter.com). I make a conscious effort each day to live with compassion and a genuine sense of self. My professional goal is to continue increasing awareness surrounding the importance of Mental Health and helping clients create lives with meaning and purpose.
Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Body Image, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Commitment Issues, Control Issues, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Family Problems, Forgiveness, Impulsivity, Isolation / Loneliness, Life Purpose, Money and Financial Issues, Mood Disorders, Multicultural Concerns, Post-traumatic Stress, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Self-Love, Sexuality, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy
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Marisa was very helpful, listened to what I was going through and gave me tools to help. It was very helpful to be able to talk with someone openly about what I was going through. She listened with kindness and patience. I highly recommend her for helping to get to u deleting issues and traumas. I hope to work with her again if/when I need help in the future.
Written on Dec 03, 2022 after therapy with Marisa for 7 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, and adhd
Marisa is very observant, non judgmental and knowledgeable. She asked clarifying questions to determine what it is I was struggling with. Some of the tools she shared with me are so useful, I’ll continue to use them on my own.
Written on Sep 27, 2022 after therapy with Marisa for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, career difficulties, and coping with life changes
Written on Sep 04, 2022 after therapy with Marisa for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd
Marisa is a champion. She’s help me get motivated to a better path
Written on Aug 09, 2022 after therapy with Marisa for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, self esteem, and career difficulties
She is blunt, but that’s exactly what I need in a therapist. Ms. Wallace sends me videos and worksheets to go over after my therapy session in order to help me more. She gives me advice and overall just listen and helps me feel validated and valued. The first session truly rocked me. Everyone says that- “if your therapist don’t make you cry then they’re not doing it right” is true to word. She made me think and actually express myself without judgement and help my feelings feel validated all at the same time. She’s helping me heal. truly amazing.
Written on Aug 02, 2022 after therapy with Marisa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd
Marisa is amazing, she’s patient and understanding, she makes me feel comfortable to express my feelings.
Written on Jul 25, 2022 after therapy with Marisa for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem