About Me

About Me

Marissa Schnell, MA, LPA, MSW, LCSW

Hi. Thank you for taking the time to learn more about the therapy services I provide!

While I am able to help with many mental health  issues, I specialize in treating individuals with Anxiety, ADHD, and Trauma.
Currently, I am only providing teletherapy services for clients. Once things improve, I will have in office sessions in North Charlotte or the Lake Norman area in addition to telehealth.

Therapist-Client Fit

Therapist-client fit can be very important. I want you to find a therapist who you connect with, that has the skills to help you, even if that is not me. It is important to consider clinical style, training, personality, location and other logistical factors (e.g., location, telehealth availability, appointment availability that matches your schedule).

My Clinical Style

My clinical style is calm, empathetic, flexible, creative, and patient. I believe in helping you identify goals that matter to you that we can work on in therapy. I think it is important that clients are able to feel safe and empowered in therapy sessions for us to do good work together. 

I believe in using therapy to empower you to develop skills that help you heal or work towards change in a way that makes sense for you.

My Specializations

I specialize in working with children, adolescents, and adults that are experiencing major life changes or transitions, social anxiety, panic attacks, problems with self-esteem, traumatic stress symptoms, difficulty controlling worry, or overwhelming stressors related to relationships, parenting or their jobs.

For individuals with trauma, I specialize in helping people who have experienced sexual abuse, bullying, emotional abuse, emotional neglect, narcissistic abuse, and intimate partner violence.

Credentials and Experience

I have worked as a therapist for over 10 years. I am a licensed psychological associate (LPA) and a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) in North Carolina.

The therapeutic techniques I use include:

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
  • Brainspotting
  • Trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TFCBT)
  • Play Therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Mindfulness Skills

Outside of the Office

I am originally from Wisconsin, but I have lived in North Carolina for 10 years and love it here. The mountains, beaches, and weather are amazing! When I have free time I like doing almost any activity involving water, watching Netflix, reading, drinking coffee, and spending time with friends, family and my dogs. I am a creative person who loves almost all forms of artistic expression (i.e., music, art, writing, photography, theater). I think these activities are amazing sources of support and healing for many people that enjoy them!

I have worked on my own challenges related to ADHD and anxiety so this makes me passionate about helping other people with these issues and about continually learning new strategies and resources that help. I have worked with people who have experienced trauma for almost ten years. The resilience, strength, and growth I see when working with these types of clients makes this one of my favorite clinical issues to work with.