Biography | Marisa Costa, MET, LPC
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My work with adults of all ages draws on many resources: talk therapy; the expressive arts; motivational and strengths-based therapies; and cognitive behavioral and trauma-informed therapies. One of my passions has been exploring the ways in which the expressive arts – visual art, drama, music, movement, writing – touch us deeply and express emotions for which there may simply be no words.
The resilience of the human mind and spirit has long inspired me. In the course of my own journey - including different careers and many travels - I've witnessed the resilience in diverse individuals and cultures with their distinct challenges and adversities. Resilience can manifest in healthy expressions of disclosure and coping, ways of cultivating gratitude, the discovery of personal gifts and strengths. With resilience in mind, I hold hope for my clients when they may not be able to yet hold it for themselves.
For many years I traveled the country working on film and video productions for PBS, including conservation projects. I‘ve lived in Boston, Santa Fe, D.C. and New York. And I’ve been fortunate to experience profound moments in extraordinary places - the Parthenon, Stonehenge, the Grand Canyon.
My twenty years in mental health care include helping individuals to address depression and anxiety, manage stress, survive trauma, move through the grieving process, practice self-care, confront relationship issues, and explore spiritual concerns.