Marisa Lauren La Piana
She/TheyLicensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW Specialties • Insurance & Fees • Locations
Welcome! Marisa identifies as a queer white, neurodivergent, intersex, femme clinician with Jewish and Italian ancestry and uses she/they pronouns. Their practice was created with the needs of women, young adults, queer, polyamorous, kinky, transgender, disabled and neurodivergent folks at the center. It is deeply influenced and inspired by the inherent strengths, resilience and wisdom of these communities. She takes into account systemic, historical and intergenerational traumas that often create challenges for those holding these identities. Many queer, trans and disabled clients come to therapy with body-related trauma and or feeling disconnected from or overwhelmed by their bodies as a survival response to homophobia, transphobia and ableism. A somatic trauma based healing approach can help you start to build a deeper connection with your body so that you can live as authentically as possible. They believe that therapy is political. It is important for Marisa to create space for all of our intersectional human identities and the ways in which both our privileged and marginalized identities impact our lives and shape our relationships and interactions, including in the therapeutic space.
Marisa takes a feminist, queer and anti-oppressive approach to therapeutic work. She has specialized training in a wide array of therapeutic approaches including: somatic trauma based healing approaches: Attachment Focused EMDR for healing relational trauma, mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR); Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) as well as utilizing a neurodiversity affirming model of care. She incorporates solution-focused and person-centered approaches and offer longer-term insight oriented therapy as needed. We will work together to find the approach that would work best for you!
She bring the following values to her clinical work:
health at every size
queer and trans affirming
ADHD - Skill-building and support around organizational challenges, distracted attention, procrastination; building and maintaining healthy routines and structure
Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Autism spectrum disorder - Support understanding the diagnosis and related challenges and strengths; skill-building in areas of daily routine, transitions, coping with overwhelming sensory experiences, social skills, and emotion identification and regulation
Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
LGBTQIA, gender, & sexuality topics - Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges
Women's issues - Therapy tailored to common concerns among women; providing a safe and understanding space to address life challenges, stressors, and questions around identity as a woman
Marisa La Piana is not in-network with any insurances.
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Years of Experience: 9 years
Adaptive Learning Center , Clinical Director , 2021 - 2022
Lincoln , School Social Worker/Clinician , 2019 - 2021
UCSF Children's Hospital Oakland , School Social Worker/Clinician , 2018 - 2019
Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center , School Social Worker/Clinician , 2015 - 2018
Parnell Institute , Attachment Focused EMDR Training , 2023
BBS, LCSW , 2018
University of CA, Berkeley Social Welfare, MSW , 2015