Marisa McGuire, LCSW

Marisa McGuire, LCSW

Marisa graduated from the University of Delaware with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Art.  After taking some time to live and work in San Diego, CA, Marisa returned to the east coast and completed her Masters in Social Work at Rutgers University, graduating with honors.

Marisa has spent the last decade specializing in working with adolescents in both the school-based and outpatient therapy environments, as well as with adults, families, and older adults.  Marisa asks her clients to be both accountable and vulnerable and supports them in that process through use of compassion, encouragement, and warm normalization of their feelings and experiences.

Through the lens of Carl Rogers’ humanistic psychology, Marisa views her clients from a person-centered perspective where the innate worth and capability of the individual are at the center.  A person’s various roles, identities, cultural influences, race, ethnicity, and social environment are carefully and sensitively explored throughout the therapeutic process.

Marisa has experience working with a variety of presenting problems and partners with clients in pursuits including building self-confidence, increasing effective communication in relationships, regulating emotions, managing unhealthy thought patterns, deepening family connections, managing life transitions, exploration of spirituality, and increasing self-compassion. The treatment modalities Marisa draws from vary depending on each client’s unique circumstances but regularly include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, core concepts from Strategic, Bowenian, and Structural family therapies, Shame Resilience Theory, and use of motivational interviewing techniques.  Additionally, mindfulness and the mind-body connection are always emphasized to help clients reconnect with themselves and build skills in relaxation and emotion regulation.

From this holistic approach, clients experience personal growth, increased self-compassion, and increased life satisfaction.  Happiness does not come from the absence of problems, but from the confidence that we can manage life with grace.

Areas Treated:

• Anxiety
• Social Anxiety
• Panic
• Depression
• Shame Resilience
• LGBTQIA+
• Families
• Adolescent Development
• Life Transitions
• Loss Across the Lifespan
• Women’s Issues
• Spirituality/Existential Life Issues

Special Trainings/Memberships:

“Radical Acceptance:  Pathway of Emotional Healing & Spiritual Freedom” with Tara Brach, July 7-9, 2017, OMEGA Institute, Rhinebeck, NY
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP), training in progress
Certified Dialectical Behavior Therapy Professional (C-DBT), training in progress
National Association of Social Workers, NJ Chapter, Member
School Social Worker Certificate, 2009