Marissa Lee, M.A.

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Marissa Lee, M.A.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFC 44094)
Clinical Director of DBT Program

Over the last twelve years I have been privileged to help children, adolescents, adults, families, and couples experience greater satisfaction in their lives and relationships.  I have extensive experience helping adolescents and adults learn the skills they need to stay grounded during emotional ups and downs and develop a more satisfying approach to life.  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.  I also have experience connecting with children through play and helping them work through their struggles by developing a stronger belief in their own worth and abilities, a deeper connection with others, and the skills they need to navigate their emotions and social interactions more effectively. I particularly enjoy 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. I have received postmasters training and supervision in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy, and Play Therapy.

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.

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