Also, guests experience her to be eager to apply her empathic, un-biased attitude towards her work in order to build a strong, trusting relationship with her guests. She is ready to help guests see their alternative choices in life that help them to obtain their goals, as well as applying her sense of humor to her work; a good laugh is always healing.
The most impactful experiences of her career path so far has been teaching and gaining clinical experience through her graduate program. Teaching high school has taught her the interworking of adolescents, and all the hardships they may face. Her clinical experience has taught her the importance of being vulnerable and trusting the process of therapy. Through the supervision and mentoring that she has been fortunate to receive, she has become more self-aware of her professional identity. Because of this, Marisa was able to become more confident and effective with certain guests. She believes that a therapist needs to be genuine, nonjudgmental, and show guests positive regard, but she also believes that part of being genuine is sharing honest reactions with guests because the counseling relationship itself can be the biggest tool in change.
Marisa is now accepting guests at our Wicker Park location on a sliding scale.