about

Dr. Marissa Robinson 

 

Background

My education includes a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology; Master's Degree in Psychology; and Bachelor's Degree in Fine Art, Philosophy of Religion, and Psychology.  My education and training integrate modern clinical psychology with East-West psychology and a holistic approach to health. 

Having an artist background has served my practice as a psychologist. 
specialize in addressing creative blocks, self- expression, and integrating art therapy and Jungian active imagination techniques.  As a psychologist, my work is informed by Jungian and Psychoanalytic therapy, cognitive therapies, trauma healing, recovery from addiction and mindfulness.  My range of of therapeutic skills enable me to address the varying needs of my clients.      

 

Professional Experience

  • Post-doctoral fellow at Kaiser Permanente, individual and group therapist Specialized training in addiction and recovery
  • Treatment of trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), training at the Veteran's Affairs (VA) Medical Center
  • Holistic Wellness Consulting
  • Psychotherapy and assessment at the Juvenile Detention Center  and therapy for at-risk young adults
  • Sexual health educator and sexual diversity advocate
  • Mindfulness Instructor
  • Medical Student and University counseling
  • Mental Health Clinician and consultant at Portia Bell Hume Center, therapy for adults and youth, as well as families and couples coping with depression, anxiety, grief and trauma

Training

My expertise in relationships and intimacy has emerged through more than 10 years of experience addressing concerns for individuals and couples on these topics.  I am an advocate for sexual health and empowerment.  I work with clients across the spectrum of sexual orientation, identity, and relationship styles.  My training in  relationships and couples therapy from the Gottman Institute and in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) contribute to my approach.

Professional experience with somatic therapies and the practice of yoga, meditation, and qi gong, has given rise to my specialization in mind-body psychology.  I support ongoing awareness of the interaction between our emotional, physical, and mental states.  I have training in Somatic Experiencing, an approach which supports the healing of trauma and the release of emotion stored in the body.  I also provide training in mindfulness and embodiment practices to address anxiety, panic, stress, and restoring your mind-body connection.

As a psychologist, I seek to continually expand my knowledge and understanding.  I emphasize creating an alliance with my clients to cultivate strengths, identify resources, and inspire growth.  My practice is guided by insight, compassion, and the belief in our capacity for transformation. 

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Specialties

Relationships

Deepening the capacity to connect and develop enduring relationships; I can help with effective communication, conflict resolution, marital issues, both traditional and alternative relationship styles, and changing unhealthy relationship patterns.

 

Intimacy

My practice supports empowered intimacy and sexual health for women and men along the spectrum of sexual diversity.  I help clients with various orientations to sex and relationships, including those within the LGBTQ community, kink, poly, and monogamous.  I support clients in cultivating emotional intelligence, compassion, moving beyond shame, self-acceptance, and strengthening intimacy.

Recovery

I am a recovery and addiction specialist, trained in both medical and behavioral health facilities.  I provide treatment for various types of addiction, including substance abuse, eating disorders, codependency and other compulsive behaviors.

Trauma

I have extensive experience with trauma recovery.  I treat those with past or recent trauma related to: assault, tragic loss, military/combat and difficult life events.  I am trained in Somatic Experiencing, EMDR, and other cognitive and somatic approaches to healing trauma.

Connecting Mind and Body

I help clients manage physical or medical issues that impact mental heath.  I also treat clients with concerns related to chronic pain, body image, tension, and panic symptoms and promote the release of emotional distress held in the body.

Cultivating your Creativity and Personal Potential

I help clients overcome blocks to creativity and productivity as well as developing personal potential.  I work with creative professionals, those in career fields demanding innovation and creative thinking, and individuals who wish to further develop their creativity and productivity.

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Existential and Spiritual Concerns

I work with clients who are grappling with existential, religious, and/or spiritual aspects of life.  I support the process of cultivating meaning, personal transformation, and creating a life that is a reflection of your authentic self.


Additional Training and Focus

Mindfulness

I provide training in mindfulness practice, which involves refinement of attention to awaken and expand self-awareness. Using mindfulness psychologically is a powerful means to examine and dismantle limiting beliefs and patterns, increase ability to live in the moment, as well as cultivate the ability to experience all emotions non-judgmentally.

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Anxiety and Stress Management

I treat various forms of anxiety and I am proficient in various somatic and cognitive behavioral techniques to stabilize anxiety and panic attacks as well as treating social anxiety, obsessive and/or compulsive behaviors (OCD), phobias, and excessive worry.  I teach stress management, relaxation skills, mindfulness, self-care and techniques for mind-body awareness.

Career and Life Path Development

I work with professionals, organizations, and students.  I assist clients in cultivating their and goals aspirations, developing their careers, making transitions, and removing obstacles to growth and fulfillment.