Hello! My name is Marisa and I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social worker in the state of Minnesota with over 15 years of clinical experience. I believe in the power of hope and will seek to help clients cultivate a hopeful mindset. I use a combination of solution-focused, mindfulness, task-centered and cognitive behavioral therapy methods to help clients develop a vision for their future and the steps needed to reach their goals.
I have worked with clients on a wide range of concerns including anxiety, stress, depression and relationships. I am particularly passionate about helping people who struggle with overeating, emotional eating and chronic dieting. My hope is to empower people to transform and repair their relationship with food and their body by identifying how shame and hopelessness play a part in emotional eating and dieting. Together we will work to end negative body talk, work on self-compassion skills and mindful eating.
I am also passionate about supporting educators and school staff. After 17 years of working in a public school system directly with students and teachers, I understand the many stressors and demands today's educators face. If you are a struggling educator, I am here to support you in developing boundaries and prioritizing self-care.
My counseling style is warm and supportive. I care about who you are in all of your multiple identities and I am LGBTQIA-affirming. I use a strengths-based approach and strive to have clients feel safe, heard, respected, and understood.
I would be honored to work with you and support you on your journey!
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Coping with life changes, ADHD, Adoption and Foster Care, Attachment Issues, Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Blended Family Issues, Body Image, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Co-morbidity, Domestic Violence, Eating and Food-Related Issues, Family Problems, Gender Dysphoria, Guilt and Shame, Immigration Issues, Intellectual Disability, Midlife Crisis, Mood Disorders, Multicultural Concerns, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Prejudice and Discrimination, Sexuality, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy
MN LICSW 17407
Marisa is amazing, I can’t say enough good things about her. She has helped me through the most difficult time in my life, and I will always be thankful for her kindness, understanding, and insight!
Written on Jan 02, 2023 after therapy with Marisa for 5 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, coping with life changes, and adhd
Marisa is a very good therapist. She listens and makes great suggestions. I would recommend her very much.
Written on Nov 07, 2022 after therapy with Marisa for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and adhd
Marissa has been great with helping me through different emotional issues over time. I appreciate how she has helped me guide through my own thoughts and implementing healthy ways to improve my communication and behavior.
Written on Jun 21, 2020 after therapy with Marisa for 1 year and 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, and career difficulties
Marisa has been the pivotal part in my recovery from disordered eating. Her enthusiasm and dedication towards throughout the recovery process has been outstanding. I’m incredibly grateful and I couldn’t have gotten this far without her.
Written on Sep 30, 2019 after therapy with Marisa for 7 months on issues concerning eating disorders
I love speaking to Marisa and I look forward to our weekly phone calls. She is very supportive and is always in your corner. She will listen to your concerns and requests and definitely accommodate you. She also responds over the weekends when I need her the most. I'm very happy with my therapist.
Written on Sep 03, 2019 after therapy with Marisa for 2 months on issues concerning addictions, eating disorders, and adhd
I've felt seen and heard; like having an expert advisor on ME in my back pocket.
Written on Aug 28, 2019 after therapy with Marisa for 2 months