Marissa Moore, LMHC

Introduction

Marissa Moore is a licensed psychotherapist who works with couples, individuals and families. Couples work focuses on lack of communication, loss of connection and intimacy issues.  Marissa Moore specializes in adults struggling with depression, anxiety, and relationship issues. Her work with children and families focuses on communication issues, transitions (i.e. divorce, arrival of a new sibling), self-esteem, difficulty regulating emotions and behavioral issues at home and at school.

As an integrative psychotherapist Marissa Moore blends Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), mindfulness, Psychodynamic (insight oriented) Therapy and creative techniques such as Art Therapy and Play Therapy. Her work is relational, goal directed and future oriented. She creates a warm, empathic and supportive environment where clients’ strengths are used to foster hope and motivation toward achieving goals.

About

Marissa Moore

Marissa Moore trained at the Ackerman Institute for the Family and the Beck Institute (CBT). She is well versed in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, positive psychology, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT), mindfulness and Play Therapy.

Marissa Moore graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Rochester and received a Masters degree in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness from New York University. She completed training at the Ackerman Institute for the Family and is certified in couples and family therapy.  She currently works as teaching fellow at the institute, co-teaching a foundations course in family therapy. Marissa Moore’s prior work includes experience in community based settings working as a home based crisis intervention counselor with at risk youth as a support counselor for individuals and couples living with HIV and in child welfare offering individual and family therapy focused on strengthening bonds between parent and child. Marissa Moore has extensive experience participating on research teams that explored the link between child development and domestic violence, the impact of abuse on emotional expression and mother daughter interactions. This research was conducted at NYU, University of Rochester and the Mt. Hope Family Center. Currently, Marissa Moore is the owner of Therapy Brooklyn and provides therapeutic services in her Greenpoint office and at the Ackerman Institute in Manhattan. In addition she is a teaching fellow at the Ackerman Institute.

Marissa Moore actively seeks to continue enrichment and personal development through her participation in trainings, conferences and her Ackerman Institute and Positive Psychology training. She also volunteered at Free Arts, an organization dedicated to using art and creativity to foster communication between parents and their children.

Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.

— George Bernard Shaw —

Services

I believe in empowering individuals to make the changes they want to see in their lives through a focus on strengths and resilience. I view therapy as a collaborative effort between therapist and client to understand and change what is not working in their life. I specialize in working with individuals who are suffering from depression, anxiety or general feelings of being stuck. I work collaboratively and use techniques that draw from different schools of thought in order to help clients achieve their identified goals. Such techniques draw from art/creative therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, systemic theory and positive psychology.

I use a relational approach with couples this includes an exploration of context, culture, and family history in order to gain an understanding of what is not working within the partnership. I make space for each partner to feel heard in the room. I specialize in working with couples that have issues with communication, intimacy, infidelity, life events (loss of a job, arrival of a new baby) and those considering whether to end their marriage or partnership. I believe that change can occur with insight and action, therefore I take time to explore and understand what is not working while also taking an active approach by assigning homework. Homework helps strengthen techniques practiced in session and progression toward goals.

I believe that family issues are best addressed with all parties present. It shifts focus from one person and looks at how dynamics and relationships within the family contribute to problems. I work with families collaboratively to create goals that fit everyone’s needs. Family therapy can be effective for blended families (step families) going through the transition of forming new relationships, sibling conflicts, parent child dynamics around role changes, adjustments to life events such as divorce and relocating.

Therapy is space to help children make sense of the many transitions in their lives both positive and negative such as starting school, divorce, loss of loved ones, puberty and relocation. Children tend to have difficulty expressing themselves and haven’t learned self-soothing techniques, self-management and appropriate ways to communicate. I enjoy the process of helping children find healthier ways to say what they need and regulate their emotions through the use of play and art therapy. The use of creative techniques in therapy is a great way for them to learn how to identify, label and communicate how they are feeling. I work with children ages 8 through 18. I believe this is a collaborative process between children, parents and therapist with one of the goals being strengthening the bond between parents and children.

I periodically run women’s groups that explore positive psychology ideas and exercises that women can incorporate into their lives to expand their sense of wellbeing, happiness and connection to themselves and others. If you are interested in participating please give me a call.

Specialties

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an effective research based form of treatment addressing a range of disorders and symptoms including depression, anxiety and stress. It seeks to understand the connection between our thoughts, emotions and behaviors. How we perceive a situation influences how we feel and in turn impacts our behavior. Sessions focus on identifying specific thoughts and beliefs, labeling your feelings and exploring the reasons for your actions. Homework is given at each session to help strengthen new behaviors and gain insight. I trained at the Beck Institute and have experience using CBT with individuals with depression and anxiety. For more information please visit the Beck Institute website

Positive psychology/Meditation/Mindfulness

Positive psychology focuses on positive emotions and strengths and is based on the belief that people desire fulfilling lives in which they are their best self. It uses techniques such as mindfulness, meditation, daily gratitude and strength finding to cultivate confidence and resilience to face life stressors. These techniques are incorporated into each session whether individually, as a couple or family.

Ackerman Relational Approach

The Ackerman Relational Approach is a way of working with families and couples. It is used to identify problematic cycles of interaction that cause issues in communication. This breakdown in communication often causes distance, distrust, anger, anxiety and a lack of clarity in relationships. This approach seeks to understand and change this cycle of interaction through exploring how families impact our ways or relating, our beliefs about ourselves and others and our behaviors. For more information visit: www.ackerman.org.

Depression

Depression often feels like a heavy weight that is difficult to carry. It is common to feel a lack of motivation, stuck and uncertain when depressed. Experiencing multiple stressors at once can make these feelings seem more difficult to manage. Having the support of a therapist can help you identify problems that create this weight and how to go about systematically addressing them. Research has shown that action focused therapy such cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is an effective depression treatment.

Racial Identity

As a biracial, multicultural clinician of color I am attuned to race, racism and oppression. I understand issues that clients bring to therapy through a social justice lens. For example, I support interracial couples in navigating and understanding how cultural differences, intersectionality and power and privilege impact their dynamic. I also support biracial and multiracial clients in exploring their racial identity development.

Behavioral Issues/Acting Out

I have extensive experience offering therapy to children and teens who exhibit behavioral problems at home and at school. Such issues include difficulty paying attention, listening, and controlling anger. I enjoy the process of helping children and teens find healthier ways to express themselves and regulate their emotions through the use of talk, play and art therapy. Children tend to have difficulty expressing themselves and the use of creative techniques in therapy is a great way for them to learn how to identify, label and communicate how they are feeling.

Ask about Self-Esteem, and Trauma

Client Testimonials

  • “Marissa has such a warm energy and is great at guiding me to see things for myself that are at the root of my issues and then helps me come up with a plan to create more happiness and wellbeing in my daily life”.

    — Ryan R. —
  • Marissa is an amazing listener and great at getting to the root of the issue. She is a lifelong learner and is always increasing her own knowledge and skills. Marissa truly cares about others and strives to help people and couples be the best version of themselves.

    — Julie S. —
  • As a school counselor I feel confident referring my students and families to Marissa. She is a complete professional and does wonders with adolescents.

    — Amy P. —
  • Marissa is a wonderful, empathic and caring therapist.

    — Alex R. —
  • When I first visited Marissa, I was a mess. My anxiety levels were so high that I was perpetually in a low grade state of panic. No amount of reasoning or rationale could calm me down. I reached a point where I knew I couldn’t live in such a state anymore, but I didn’t know what to do. In my moment of crisis, Marissa compassionately assured me that it was going to be okay. Every week, she let me unpack my fears, validated my emotions, and reflected my thoughts back to me so I could see them from a different perspective. Each time I insisted on a black and white reality, she suggested a shade of gray as an alternate possibility. Slowly but surely, I was able to dismantle my anxiety, dig into the meat of my fears, bolster my confidence, and loosen my grip on my own life rules. I learned how to self-soothe and talk myself down when I got wound up. I accumulated evidence to counter my bad brain that told me I wasn’t good enough, that I wasn’t worthy, that I was nothing. Marissa helped me realize that my feelings were human, not weird or unusual. She also did an impeccable job of acknowledging my own efforts and recognizing the work I put into the process. I am incredibly grateful for her insights, her compassion, and her encouragement.

    — Meg D. —

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New Clients

Insurance: I am an out of network provider. An invoice will be provided at the end of each month for reimbursement from insurance companies. Important questions to ask your insurance provider to ensure reimbursement are:

  • Do I have mental health benefits?
  • What is my deductible and has it been met?
  • How many mental health sessions per calendar year does my insurance plan cover?
  • How much does my plan cover for an out-of-network mental health provider?

 

Contact

Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY 11222

Free phone consultations (718) 219-7390

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