About Me

About Me

Marissa Schnell, MA, LPA, MSW, LCSW

Hi. Thank you for visiting and taking the time to learn more about the therapy services I provide! I offer individual, group, and family therapy services through telehealth and in-office sessions.

My office is located near the Rosedale Neighborhood and Interstate 77. It is  in the Huntersville Professional Building at 11330 Vanstory Dr., Huntersville, NC 28078.

While I am able to help with many mental health challenges and personal growth goals, I specialize in therapy services for individuals with Anxiety, ADHD, Low Self-Esteem, and Trauma.
I greatly enjoy working with individuals who identify as neurodiverse, creative spirits, and people who have often felt a little different or unique.

Therapist-Client Fit

Therapist-client fit is a very important ingredient in therapy that can help you reach your goals. I want you to find a therapist who you connect with, can provide services that work logistically in your schedule, and that has skills to help you, even if that is not me. It is important to consider clinical style, training, personality, location and other factors (e.g., location, telehealth availability, appointment availability that fits well in your schedule).

My Clinical Style

My clinical style is calm, patient, empathetic, flexible, creative, and goal-oriented. I believe in helping you identify goals that matter to you that we focus on in your treatment.

It’s ok if your goals are not fully clear when we start. If you want to feel better, get unstuck, or have hope things could be better, those are all great starting points. Many people develop their goals over time in the beginning of their treatment work. 

I believe in using therapy to help clients identify their strengths and empower them to work towards change in a way that makes sense for them based. My sessions often involve listening and support, but also often involve active strategies to address mental health symptoms and other challenges that have brought you to treatment. I will often offer resource suggestions and activities you can do in between sessions that can help with your healing journey. 

My Specializations

I specialize in working with children, teens, and adults that have ADHD, problems with self-esteem, anxiety, and trauma.

  • For Individuals with Anxiety – I often help best with social anxiety, anxiety related to past trauma and/or difficult childhood experiences, anxiety related to life transitions, and generalized anxiety disorder.
  • For Individuals with ADHD – I often work well with people seeking to increase self-understanding, learn skills to address challenges, strengthen relationships, strengthen self-confidence, strengthen social skills, increase the ability to assertively communicate with others, increase self-compassion,  and work on challenges related to self-esteem.
  • For Individuals with Trauma – I have significant experience providing therapy services for people who have experienced sexual abuse, bullying, emotional abuse, betrayal, emotional neglect, caregiver disruption in childhood, and intimate partner violence. 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 help people with!

Credentials and Experience

I have worked as a therapist for 11 years. I am a licensed psychological associate (LPA) and a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) in North Carolina.

The therapeutic techniques in sessions 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. The mountains, beaches, and weather here are amazing! When I have free time I like doing almost any activity involving water, watching Netflix, 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, anxiety, and personal growth so this makes me passionate about helping other people with these issues. I value continually learning new strategies and resources through training, reading, and attending conferences.