Marissa Talarico, LMFTA
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We all seek out counseling for different reasons. It may be a relationship transition, difficulty with sex or intimacy, or the recent disclosure of infidelity. Regardless of the reason that brought you to counseling, I strive to walk with you, hear your pain, and build connections in your life to help you thrive!
I believe that all people thrive on connections. Each of us deserves a safe place to speak what’s on our mind and work through challenges that life may present. I offer a truly non-judgmental place to process your most hidden turmoil.
I often see folks struggling with relationships, sexual or intimacy issues, relationship transitions, or anxiety around life circumstances. I believe that through increased connections utilizing out inner strength and deepening emotional connection each of us can walk out of these challenges to a fulfilling life.
It is my goal to allow our therapeutic relationship to be the safe foundation of change for you. I offer a warm, validating, direct stance to challenge when necessary and hold a safe space when connection is needed. I believe therapy is a collaborative process, and will work with you on your journey of happiness and healing.
I hold a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy, with a focus on sex therapy from Lewis and Clark College in Portland OR. I have many previous years of experience working in the healthcare field, and working in the social work (case management) for folks with severe mental health disorders and traumatic brain injuries. I am a licensed marriage and family therapy associate. Aside from my therapeutic work, I hold many other roles. I am a mother, a wife, a friend, and an introvert. I love spending time with my family, being outdoors in nature, reading, and spending time with friends.
Specialties and areas of focus
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Internal Family Systems (IFS)
- The Gottman Method for Healthy Relationships (Gottman Therapy)
- Sex Therapy
- High conflict relationships
- Anxiety/Stress management
- Infidelity/Affair recovery
- Parent/Child relationship
- Navigating non-traditional sexual/romantic relationships
Q&A with Marissa
1.) Some therapists are more comfortable addressing the immediate problem, while others want to focus on the deeper issue. Which are you?
I often find that balance of the two is ideal. I work to collaborate with my clients to address the present issues that are often impacted by past challenges.
2.) Do you tend to lead the session, or follow my lead?
I tend to lead a session, understanding that many are not sure what to expect in therapy. If a client wishes to guide their session, I enjoy taking an approach that involves following their desired path.
3.) What are your strengths as a therapist?
I pride myself on truly listening with unconditional positive regard. I find that empathy and active listening can go a long way in feeling validated and understood. I am direct in therapy; it’s my belief that the more authentic and honest I am as a therapist, the more the client will feel comfortable to do the same.
4.) If you had one superpower, what would it be and why?
I’d like the superpower of not ever needing to sleep! I love all the joys that life brings… Sleep just gets in the way!
5.) What makes you laugh?
I love laughing with my kids. They are delightful in their exploration of life!
6.) Who would you have dinner with, dead or alive?
I’d love to have dinner with my grandma, who passed away several years ago. Her wisdom lives on, but I would love to hear her voice again.