Sometimes in the journey of life we could all benefit from someone to journey with us during the difficult times.
My name is Merissa and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I have over seven years experience in counseling as well as advocacy, mental health and substance abuse treatment experience. I specialize in empowering individuals that may be struggling with depression, anxiety, self-esteem, mood disorders or relationship issues. My main therapeutic approach includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as I believe there is so much power in learning how thoughts influence behavior and emotion and then changing those negative patterns. I also incorporate psychodynamic counseling and solution based therapy among other treatment approaches and tailor my approach to your needs. I am empathetic, non-judgmental and very passionate about the work I do and enjoy being able to help others heal, grow and achieve their goals.
I am excited about beginning this journey with you!
- Stress, Anxiety
- Self esteem
- Career difficulties
I also have experience in Addictions, LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Parenting issues, Anger management
LCSW #149.019250 (Expires: 2019-11-30)
Marissa is a wonderful counsellor. I looked forward to writing and hearing from her and she really helps me bring my problems to the surface. I always feel better and feel I am able to make more sense of what I’m going through with the help of Merissa.
I'm very much at the beginning of my journey with Merissa, but in a short time, she has made a very positive impact on my feelings. Her approach is friendly, professional and non-judgemental. This is my first time having counseling and frankly, it is such a healthy, positive experience that I would recommend to anyone who feels that they have lost their way, in life or otherwise. I can't thank you enough.
Merissa is a very kind and empathetic person. She has been a great help to me thus far and I feel she is quite knowledgeable. She responds to me daily in a timely fashion and always very professional.
Merissa is lovely. She is very helpful with her advice and I can tell she is always thinking about my needs and feelings when she replies. She is also very patient and let’s me process things in my own time.
Merissa is absolutely amazing. She listens to my specific concerns and definitely knows when I need some tough love. I am so glad I found her and am able to talk through my anxieties with her.
Merissa is very professional and understanding. She takes them to ask for clarifications when needed and frames questions in a thought provoking manner. Merissa is sensitive to cultural differences and takes the time to understand them before offering suggestions. All in all, Merissa was very helpful in organizing my thoughts to manage my anxiety and depression.
Merissa has helped me to feel very validated and to think about new ways to support myself. I really appreciate her help so far! I'm looking forward to continuing my work with her!
Merissa is respectful and caring. She understands what my concerns are and is great in asking the right questions -- and answering them provides a deep relief. My quality of life increased sufficiently, thanks Merissa!
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time so far with Merissa, she understands my situation very well, and is always there to help untangle my web.
She helped me understand the path that I have to take, she didn't just feed me the answers to my problems we figured them out together. Amazing person!
I personally struggle with social anxiety and general anxiety and also low self esteem. I really like my counselor, she gave me some really great advices i am thankful for. She responds quickly and I would recommend her.
It’s never comfortable talking to a complete stranger about your problems but Merissa made it easy. She’s nice, understanding and caring. I am thankful that I got matched with her.