Maressa is a Registered Social Worker (RSW) with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW), with a Masters in Social Work in Health and Mental Health from the University of Toronto. For the past 10 years she has worked in both Private Practice and for the Department of National Defence as a Clinical Social Worker. Maressa has had the unique opportunity to work with a diverse population in her private practice, offering clinical support to children, adolescents, young adults, adults, medical staff, and first responders. Maressa has extensive experience and expertise working with Active Military Members with the Department of Defence in Mental Health Services - Psychosocial and General Mental Health. Maressa employs a collaborative approach to build a strong therapeutic alliance with clients to understand their goals and desired focus in order to assist them in the change they want to create for their lives. Maressa employs evidence-based approaches in all of her clinical work, including Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I), Motivational Interviewing, Prolonged Exposure (PE), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Mindfulness. Areas of specialization include addressing trauma from the past and present, with a specific focus on military and first responders, anxiety, depression and mental health issues.
“In additional to my work with my clients, I enjoy time with friends and family, as well as walking my dogs and taking them to the dog park.”