Marissa Lee, M.A.

Marissa Lee, M.A., Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFC 44094)
Clinical Director of DBT Program

For over thirteen years Marissa Lee, MA, LMFT has been helping children, adolescents, adults, families, and couples experience greater satisfaction in their lives and relationships. She has extensive experience and expertise helping adolescents and adults learn skills to stay grounded during emotional ups and downs and develop a more satisfying approach to life. She describes her passion for this work, “I am experienced in helping people struggling with suicidal ideation, self-injury, and other high-risk behaviors develop stability and move forward into having a life worth living.  I am passionate about supporting and coaching family members as they strive to have more fulfilling relationships with one another, and I am skilled at providing parent coaching, family therapy, and couples therapy.” Marissa particularly enjoys empowering parents to connect with their children and teens in new ways that allow them to enhance family communication and bring about healing in difficult situations. In addition to her expert clinical work, Marissa is a sought after speaker and trainer. She frequently speaks to mental health professionals, educators, and Christian youth program leaders on helping teens build a life worth living.

Specialties: Dialectical Behavioral Therapy; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; Improving connection and communication between adolescents and their parents; Parent coaching; Rebuilding troubled marriages; Helping girls and women develop insight and skills to cope more effectively with depression and anxiety; Enhancing parent-child relationships through play and mindful interaction.

Education: Master of Arts in Marital and Family Therapy, University of San Diego; Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Minor in Music, University of California, San Diego.

Specialized Training: Marissa’s dedication to professional excellence is reflected in her active pursuit of postmasters training and supervision in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy, and Play Therapy. She continues to enhance her expertise in Dialectical Behavior Therapy through trainings, consultation, study, and preparation for certification. In March of 2016, she completed an Advanced Intensive Training in Doing DBT with Drs. Charles Swenson and Kelly Koerner.

Other Experience: Palo Alto Medical Foundation; Reinicke Counseling Associates; Aurora Behavioral Health Care San Diego, served as the coordinator for the Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program; Palomar Family Counseling Services, provided school-based counseling services.

Mission: My mission is to help each girl and woman I work with develop her own unique identity, authentic relationships with others, and a sense of purpose in the world.


Phone: 626.585.8075 ext. 105