Marissa Baumann, MA
Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #76548
I specialize in working with:
- Identity / life path challenges
- Couples issues – especially around negotiating relationship dynamics
- Difficulties with motivation or mobilization
- Family relationship patterns
- Relationship issues
- Boundary development and differentiation
- Body image
- Struggles with spiritual identity and practice
- Working with disabilities and disability management
- Academic challenges
Practical, warm, supportive, empathic, integrative of body and mind, active, drawing on multiple approaches, paying equal attention to both where you are and where you want to be.
As a daughter of a Vietnam era veteran, I learned early in life about the impact of trauma on individuals and families and the impact of trauma left untreated. My family turned to meditation as a strategy for healing, which I learned could be helpful for cultivating awareness and mindfulness, but which I discovered had significant limits in getting to the heart of the issues. As a young person, I began to look for new ways to uncover and heal the distress within my own family. That search eventually led me to CIIS and the path of becoming a therapist.
Growing up in a meditation community, I had early exposure to the practice of yoga. Based on my experience with yoga, I have a deep belief in the power of the body and the breath and I think they can have a significant place in the therapeutic process for those interested in exploring in that way.
After completing my undergraduate degree, prior to pursuing my counseling masters, I lived and worked for 4 years in Japan. This gave me a deep appreciation for the inherently different values we place on parts of our lives and what we each prioritize as important for health. It also taught me just how significant our cultural influences are. It gave me an awareness of the deep power of language and the stories we tell. Based on this experience, I do some work that resembles narrative therapy, working with retelling our personal stories. Retelling has been a powerful tool for me in my own process.
In addition to my private practice, I currently work at California State University, East Bay in Hayward for a program that serves students with documented disabilities. This work has strengthened my client centered and strength based therapy approaches. I focus on strengths and resources available and support students to maintain perseverance in the face of chronic challenges. I enjoy helping students to feel empowered and discover new strengths within themselves.
The practice of therapy is inspirational to me. It is an incredible joy to witness clients becoming more of their truest selves and really stepping fully into lives they want to live. If you feel I might be a good fit for you, please contact me at the number below. I hope to hear from you soon.
431 30th Street
Oakland, California 94609
- Individual Therapy
- Couples Therapy
- Family Therapy
- Child & Adolescent Therapy
$130 for individual therapy. $160 for couples therapy.
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