Marissa Paquin

Marissa Paquin, MA, LMHC, is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who has worked in mental healthcare since 2006. She has experience working with adults, adolescents, and notably First Responders experiencing mental health concerns including but not limited to trauma, anxiety, depression, substance use, and grief.

Marissa graduated with a Master’s degree in Co-occurring Counseling. Her undergraduate degrees are in Psychology and Criminal Justice. She is also a Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor, National Certified Counselor and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. Marissa is a certified EMDR therapist through EMDRIA and has completed advanced training in recent traumatic events and group traumatic events protocol, as well as Ego State interventions. Marissa is also a Certified Perinatal Mental Health Therapist through PSI. In addition, she has completed advanced training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS) and Motivational Interviewing (MI).

Marissa believes that healing is a collaborative endeavor that requires genuine caring without judgment, and she cooperatively assists her clients in clarifying their goals for treatment. She provides a compassionate atmosphere to safely explore and work through feelings, thoughts, and beliefs. Rather than adopting one methodology for all individuals and issues, she draws from a variety of methods to create a tailored approach for each individual and situation. Her integrative style of client-centered therapy includes a strength-based approach incorporating cognitive behavioral therapy and other evidence-based treatment. As a therapist, she is warm, open, encouraging, and direct. Marissa considers herself an active therapist, combining experience, education, creativity, and sense of humor with a down-to-earth, realistic approach to counseling. Marissa has a particular passion and expertise working with adolescents as they struggle to define their identities, cope with the rapid physical, emotional and psychological changes that take place within them and adjust to the demands of peers, school, families, and society. When seeing teenagers, she works collaboratively with the family, schools, and others to provide optimum level of care. Marissa is passionate about learning and constantly bringing new tools and techniques to her practice and those with whom she works. Marissa believes in empowering others and when equipped with the proper tools everyone can become happy, healthy individuals and achieve their personal goals.