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Marissa Williams, B.A., M.Sc.

Originally from Prince Edward Island, I obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Western University and subsequently obtained a Master of Science degree in Clinical Neuroscience from McMaster University. I am currently completing a Master of Counselling Psychology degree at Athabasca University.

Starting in September 2019, I am thrilled to be working as a Therapist Intern at Turning Point Psychological Services and will be accepting new clients at the Thornhill location. I am happy to see clients in-person or online for video-based therapy. 

I have helped clients in hospital and private practice settings overcome various concerns including depression, social anxiety, performance anxiety, generalized anxiety, difficulty concentrating, restlessness/impulsivity, learning difficulties, low self-esteem/self-concept, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), perfectionism, body-focused repetitive behaviours (BFRBs), hoarding behaviours, self-harm, and suicidal thoughts.

When I began working at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre six years ago, I developed a special interest in helping individuals with obsessive-compulsive and related disorders (OCD, trichotillomania or hair-pulling disorder, excoriation or skin-picking disorder, hoarding disorder). I co-led a cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) treatment group for OCD, which was particularly rewarding as I witnessed individuals conquer their OCD fears and take back their lives. I also co-led a CBT group (including Habit Reversal Training - HRT) for body-focused repetitive behaviours (BFRB) and was actively involved with a CBT group for hoarding.

I have a passion for helping individuals with hoarding tendencies process the value and memories attached to their belongings; it is a privilege to be invited into individuals’ homes to assist them de-clutter, sort, and organize their homes as well as help improve their well-being and quality of life.

I have several years of experience working with adolescents and adults who are engaging in self-harm and experiencing significant suicidal thoughts, some of whom have recently attempted suicide.

For the past year, I have enjoyed working as a behavioural coach and therapist with children, adolescents, and adults experiencing attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), learning difficulties, mood, anxiety, perfectionism, and obsessive-compulsive and related disorders.

I have a particular interest in supporting mothers with postpartum mood and anxiety disorders and am involved with a team of researchers and clinicians aiming to enhance support and treatment services, research, and advocacy for maternal mental health progress in Canada.

I work holistically and collaboratively with clients to establish client-driven goals and identify personalized strategies to help support and strengthen their executive functions.

I believe that every individual has inherent worth and the capacity to change, improve, and grow.  My aim is to focus on clients’ skills, resources, and strengths that they already possess within themselves so that they can feel empowered and flourish. My therapeutic approach is genuine, collaborative, supportive, strengths-based, and draws on elements of person-centered therapy, CBT (including ERP - exposure and response prevention), HRT - Habit Reversal Training, ACT- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, mindfulness, and SFT - Solution-Focused Therapy to suit the unique needs of my individual client. I strive to develop a meaningful connection with each client and maintain a compassionate understanding and non-judgmental attitude. It is important to me to create a safe environment for therapeutic change and provide evidence-informed treatment that is tailored to client strengths and preferences.

In my spare time, I enjoy watching hockey, listening to podcasts, traveling, and trying new local restaurants.

 

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