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My Approach

Understanding individuals and their stories is my work. I use a family system's approach, which means that I understand individuals in the context of their family and through multiple generations. My therapy is structural and skill based, as well as educational. My goal is to learn everything I can about you, your past, your family, and the patterns that you have recognized in your own life. We will then use this information to conceptualize your strengths in order to move towards any changes that you would like to see.

Keeping couples together, means that families have the opportunity to mature and grow, which means that children will maintain stable, consistent, environments. Families are the corner stone of our communities and our world, so it is my goal to work to keep them operating effectively. I believe in marriage and take great joy in helping couples stay together, but when this is not possible, divorcing safely and without harming the children becomes the primary focus. Even when couples divorce, they are still a family.

My focus is to assist couples re-engage, to help children learn and thrive, and assist every individual I meet with finding a healthier, more joyful place in the world. To me this is the essential element of life and by sharing the knowledge I have, my hope is that my clients will grow and thrive.



"I never thought that I could survive my divorce! I came to Marisa as a sad, broken woman who did not believe she could make it on her own. A year later I was dating, happy and living the life I had always dreamed of."

—  Tina, 43

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