Marissa Faustini, MA

Personal pronouns: she, her, hers

I am especially interested in collaboration with folks whose unique sets of strengths and struggles occur within the context of diverse gender and sexual identities and practices.

I believe that we are all resilient and each of us have a unique set of strengths and inner resources. In my work with people who have survived complex trauma, I have learned that feeling supported and safe is key to healing from past harm and expanding existing strengths.  Safety and support is vital to finding the inner resources needed to explore and address the most persistent, complex challenges you face.  I see therapy as a way to explore who you are, and as a tool to help you to create and enjoy a balanced and integrated life, however, you define that.

I am committed to building authentic, safe, and affirming relationships with people who may have previously struggled to find or access a therapy that acknowledges their varied or marginalized identities. I hope to bring true understanding, empathy, and compassion to my clients’ experience. With passionate curiosity and promised support, I strive to provide a relationship that honors your unique personhood and path, and gives careful attention to the dynamic intersections in your world.

education & professional memberships

Marissa Faustini, MA studied Gender and Sexuality Studies at Northwestern University and then received a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Counseling at Adler University. She has extensive clinical experience working in a variety of settings, including community mental health agencies, public schools, and hospitals. In these settings, Marissa has worked with survivors of trauma and violence, people experiencing acute psychiatric crisis, and individuals experiencing chronic issues with depression and anxiety. In each of her roles, Marissa has thoughtfully studied the needs and preferences of those served in order to develop and deliver more effective, community-specific, therapeutic support.

Marissa has trained at the following organizations:

Salvation Army’s Englewood Youth Empowerment Project

Beyondmedia Education’s Women and Prison Program

Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare

Marissa is a member of the following organizations:

Kink & Poly Aware Chicago Therapists (KPACT)


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