Oppositional Defiant Disorders
Areas of Expertise
My name is Marisa Gonzalez and I’m a child and adolescent therapist at Life Counseling Institute. It’s so important as a parent to advocate for your child’s needs and I’m so excited you’re taking this step in your child’s healing journey.
I believe that you are the expert when it comes to your child. No matter how much education or training I have, you will always be the expert. It is hard to see your child experience hardship, and struggle and it’s exhausting as a parent to witness and deal with the behaviors of this struggle. I am here to support and guide you through this process. We will work as a team and collaborate on ways to better serve your child. I encourage you to not feel embarrassed or guilty for seeking help for your child. It’s okay to not always know what to do or have the answers. I commend you for taking this step and reaching out. I truly want to guide and support you through this therapeutic process.
My passion is in working with children. I have such a heart to serve children and it was through this passion that I found my love for counseling and therapy. My goal is to teach your child feelings and emotions, coping skills and for them to learn the skills to express their needs and emotions appropriately. When working with your child, my favorite modality is utilizing play to build connection and bond. Throughout my training, I have learned that toys are a child’s words and play is their language. Play has many healing factors but the therapeutic relationship between child and therapist is also very important.
In addition to my work in the private practice setting, I also work with children and adolescents who were adopted through the child welfare system. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, going on hikes/walks, crafting, and spending time with my family and friends.
I look forward to meeting you and your child and starting this healing journey!
Marisa has expertise in working with young children and teens and enjoys helping with behavioral issues, anxiety, depression, trauma and parenting support.