Mental Health Therapist
Marissa was born and raised in Los Angeles County and earned her B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Critical Gender Studies from the University of California, San Diego. Upon completing her undergraduate degree Marissa worked for an Americorps program called City Year, in Los Angeles. While in City Year she was a full time tutor, mentor, and support person for high school students in Boyle Heights. This is where Marissa truly saw the resilience young people possess and honed in on her passion for working with diverse communities and youth. After a couple years in this role Marissa decided she could better serve youth in the mental health field with a higher degree. She went on to receive her Master’s Degree in Social Work and Pupil Personnel Services Credential from San Diego State University. During her time at SDSU, Marissa interned with Mending Matters and Wilson Middle School in City Heights. As an intern she ran restorative groups, social-emotional learning groups and held individual caseloads.
Marissa has a passion for working with youth and believes in their potential to transform themselves and the world. She believes some of the most important things she can bring in her work with young people is authenticity and creating a judgement free zone.
Outside of work you can catch Marissa getting coffee, catching a sunset, camping, taking care of her plants, and spending time with friends and family!