Marissa  Tolero
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Marissa Tolero


Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC Registered Yoga Teacher, RYT Certified Yoga Instructor
New York, New Jersey Accepting Online
Updated June 7, 2022

Specialties & Expertise

  • LGBTQIA, gender, and sexuality topics
  • Race & cultural identity
  • Anxiety
  • College & graduate student mental health
  • Perfectionism
  • Trauma

Professional statement

Marissa Tolero (she/her) is a licensed psychotherapist and certified yoga instructor with a virtual private practice in New York State. She specializes in LGBTQIA+ matters, women’s obstacles, and race and identity issues. Her work entails deconstruction of white supremacy, patriarchy, capitalism, and colonization as they relate to identity.

Marissa’s practice is holistic and unique in that she integrates talk therapy, yoga, and meditation into every session. She utilizes therapeutic approaches such as compassion-focused therapy, mindfulness, person-centered therapy, and cognitive-behavioral therapy.

Marissa received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Social Behavior from the University of California, Irvine and her Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from the City College of New York. She obtained her 200-hour yoga teacher certification from Three Sisters Yoga and is currently in training for a 300-hour certification. In her previous role as a therapist on a college campus in Queens, she launched a health and wellness program for LGBTQIA+ students which she presented at two national conferences. She also helped open the campus' first LGBTQIA+ resource center and led the college's only LGBTQIA+ therapy group.

Message to clients

A safe space where you don’t feel judged or oppressed and where you can be your true self can be hard to find. I hope to provide you with that ease, comfort, and safety you’ve been seeking, even if just once a week in the virtual therapy room.

As part of our time together, I’ll bring yoga and meditation into your therapy experience. We’ll begin each session with a personalized yoga practice, transition to talk therapy, and close with a guided meditation. I aspire for you to feel grounded, deactivated, and safe in your body by your own creation.

As a compassion-focused therapist, my primary goal is to help you develop a compassionate self while obtaining and practicing concrete skills that serve you from your day to day. When you’ve been oppressed by society, these things may feel nearly impossible, but this is where I come in - to support and guide you in this journey to freedom, joy, rest, and peace.


LGBTQIA, gender, and sexuality topics - Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges

Race & cultural identity - Exploring topics of racial, cultural, and ethnic background as it relates to one’s family origins and personal identity

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

College & graduate student mental health - Specialized strategies for common issues of young adulthood, including school and career stressors, support around healthy relationships, existential concerns, drug or alcohol issues, eating disorders, and anxiety and/or depression.

Perfectionism - Coping with feelings of anxiety, stress, self-criticism, and procrastination; addressing unrealistic expectations of one’s self and negatively comparing self to others

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse


  • Adults (24+)
  • Young adults (18-24)


Marissa Tolero is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $225 (60min)
  • Sliding scale: $100 - $225
  • Talk Therapy: $180 (45min)
  • Therapy & Yoga: $225 (60min)
  • Therapy & Yoga: $250 (75min)
  • Therapy & Yoga: $275 (90min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • PayPal
  • Venmo
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Every other week
  • Multiple times a week
  • As needed


Online Sessions (New York)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue 8am-8pm
  • Wed 8am-5pm
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Online Sessions (New Jersey)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue 8am-8pm
  • Wed 8am-5pm
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 8 years

Private Practice, Therapist & Yoga Teacher, 2019 - Present
LaGuardia Community College (CUNY), Counselor, 2014 - 2019

Three Sisters Yoga, 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Certification, 2019
City College of New York, MA, Mental Health Counseling, 2015
University of California, Irvine, BA, Psychology & Social Behavior, 2011


New York: 009688

New Jersey: NJDCATEMP-029332