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About Me

Marisa has over 20 years’ experience in holistic healthcare modalities, having first trained in body-oriented psychotherapy in 2003, completing an in-depth, 4-year course in this psychodynamic, relational and strongly somatically-oriented therapy, that draws on the works of bioenergetics and Wilhelm Reich, Freud and Jung, as well as Barbara Brennan’s holistic healing work. This training has since been complemented with further education and practice in other evidence-based, psychological therapies, both body-oriented and cognitive-behavioural. Marisa is also a Rehabilitation Counsellor and Wellness Coach with more than 8 years’ experience helping those with serious injuries and illness return to life and work through support and strategies to increase functioning and performance in their personal and professional lives.
 

Marisa came to her practice in wellbeing, psychotherapy and vocational rehabilitation in 2002. A personal injury led to her no longer being able to do her physically demanding work in natural area management and conservation. Having to undergo the rehabilitation process herself led to a natural interest and flair in holistic, wrap-around healthcare, the interconnection between mind and body, and vocational rehabilitation and counselling.

Marisa is a Clinical Member of PACFA (able to provide rebates for private health and WorkSafe Victoria - where there is an accepted claim and Agent approval).

specialisations

  • Work related injuries - Psychological and Physical

  • Trauma and PTSD

  • Work and Workplace difficulties

  • Personal awareness, development and growth

  • Interpersonal challenges

  • Mental health issues

  • Chronic illness & pain

  • Anxiety and depression

  • Grief and loss

  • Life stages and transitions

Trauma categories:

  • Medical, dental and surgical trauma

  • Motor Vehicle Accidents (MVA)

  • Falls

  • Attachment trauma

Qualifications

Master of Health Science (Rehabilitation Counselling) – Latrobe University


Graduate Certificate in Arts (Applied Linguistics and Counselling) – University of New England


Diploma of Body-Oriented Psychotherapy – Institute of Energy Science


Bachelor of Applied Science (Protected Area Management) – University of
Queensland

Accreditations

Full member, ASORC (Australian Society of Rehabilitation Counsellors)
 

PACFA Reg. Clinical 23155 (Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia)
 

Certified Wellness Coach with Wellness Coaching Australia.
 

Registered with WorkSafe Victoria as a Counsellor and able to see NDIS Plan
Managed or self managed clients

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