WELCOME, I’M MARISSA
It’s so lovely to meet you here. I’m a holistically trained, Australian Counselling Association registered counsellor and creative therapist based in Brisbane. I have a passion for guiding and mentoring other beautiful humans as they undertake the journey of self-discovery, growth, reconnection and healing. I’m so looking forward to supporting you to live into your bliss, achieve meaningful life goals and experience more joy, fulfilment, ease and wellbeing in your life.
Live into your bliss.
I believe we all have the capacity to experience more wellbeing and joy and to live into our most authentic life. Therapy, counselling and mentoring is for every human being - no matter how small or how challenging your issues seem, the rewards of self-discovery, growth and transformation are life changing. It just takes one brave step and a longing to reconnect, to heal and to feel truly alive - like a bloom that longs to be coaxed open by the warm rays of the sun.
My holistic approach to counselling and therapy honours you as a whole person - mind, body and spirit - and works with wherever you are right now to help you to reconnect to your authenticity and Self, to integrate and heal wounded or disowned aspects of yourself and to ultimately flourish as the vibrant, alive and completely unique human being that you are. As your holistic therapist, I will draw on a range of therapeutic processes and holistic modalities tailored to your needs and preferences.
WHAT CLIENTS SAY
Marissa has really helped me to discover more about who I am and to understand and honour my authenticity, needs and desires...and to enjoy the journey of unfolding, self-discovery and acceptance in itself rather than just seeing it as something "I have to do" in order to improve my mental health and wellbeing. I have gotten so much from my sessions with Marissa
WHAT CLIENTS SAY
Marissa has helped me to see and acknowledge things I have been achieving, both big and small. She has helped me to face many of the issues that have caused anxiety and helped me to manage them in a better way.
In my holistic counselling and coaching practice I draw on a range of modalities and therapeutic processes to suit the needs and preferences of individual clients, including:
Talk-based counselling and therapy from a holistic strengths and growth perspective aimed at helping you to work through personal difficulties or challenging life circumstances as well as identifying, understanding and working to shift unhelpful or limiting beliefs that may be contributing to personal suffering and psychological symptoms.
Somatic & Embodied Processes
Using somatic and embodied processes to help identify and integrate emotional responses, to help activate the parasympathetic response and to help shift habitual emotional reactivity or holding. Working with gentle body awareness and exploration processes as well as expressive movement and vocalisation practices can be an incredibly powerful tools for self-discovery, emotional release and integration.
Mindfulness, Guided Visualisation & Active Imagination
I draw on mindfulness, guided visualisation and active imagination processes as tools of self-discovery, self-resourcing and healing. These processes are used safely and gently to help you to access wisdom and insights from your subconscious, shadow material that is longing to be acknowledged & integrated as well as to recover and integrate spiritual and personal resources that you can draw on in your journey forwards. These processes can also be used to explore and gather deep insights into the self, specific issues, relationships or dreams.
Inner Parts & Voice Dialogue Work
Inner parts work, also known as Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy is a therapeutic approach that acknowledges that we all have different aspects of our selves (inner parts), some more prominent and familiar to us than others. When we ‘split off’ from or disown some aspects of ourselves (perhaps through trauma, shame, guilt or non-acceptance of those parts by our family of origin) we become imbalanced – those disowned, repressed or split off parts will begin to call more and more loudly for our attention and acknowledgment. This might take the form of physiological or psychological symptoms, or a general sense of chaos or imbalance in our lives and relationships. Only when we become conscious of our inner parts and begin to accept and re-integrate those parts of us that carry our wounding and trauma, can we achieve a sense of internal harmony, balance and wholeness.
Life Coaching & Mentoring
In the spirit of self-discovery, my ‘Stepping Stones’ approach to counselling and mentoring will help you to identify your strengths, passions and purpose as well as any blocks and self-defeating patterns that might be coming between you and the changes you’re wanting to bring about in your life. I will support you to understand and shift personal blocks and limiting beliefs with compassion and accountability as you set and work towards meaningful life goals and behaviour change.
Art & Creative Therapy
I draw on creative, colour and art therapy practices to support emotional processing, integration and release, as well as for facilitating self-discovery and accessing the powerful emotional, intuitive and cognitive insights that arise from somatic mindfulness, active imagination and other depth processes. I work with a range of creative techniques including colour therapy, symbol and archetype work, expressive therapy and personal myth and ritual work.
Using Jungian and depth approaches to help you harvest the rich insights, wisdom and communications from your unconscious offered to you through your dreaming world.
Are You Ready to
Take the First Step?
Sessions & Packages
Book an initial session with me or pre-purchase a package of 8 sessions at a discount. Once you've purchased your session package, simply book in your pre-paid sessions as you normally do.
- Initial Session
Includes voucher for a 15 min seated massage at Knead
(Valued at $22.00)
- Initial therapy session
- Share your story at your own pace
- Safe & empathetic environment
- Shape goals for your journey
- Begin pathway to reconnection
- 8 x standard sessions
8 x 60 mins
Had an initial session? You can purchase 8 x 60min sessions at a discount.
- Face-to-face or Zoom
- Talk-based + holistic
- Mental health issues
- Life goals & change
- Empowering insights
- Discover new possibilities
- 8 x Longer Sessions
8 x 75 mins
Had an initial session? You can purchase 8 x 75min sessions at a discount.
- Face-to-face or Zoom
- Depth work, holistic + art therapy
- Tailored processes
- Understand & shift patterns
- Identify purpose & goals
- Personal transformation & healing