Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
Postpartum mood disorders
College stress management
Marisa Etting is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Providence, Rhode Island, and the owner of the group practice, ME Psychotherapy. She specializes in women's mental health, postpartum depression, perfectionism, self-esteem issues, infertility, relationship difficulties, academic stress, and parenting support. She also sees individuals experiencing challenging life transitions, such as adjusting to college and separating from one's family.
Marisa enjoys helping mothers and couples adjust to new parenthood and has received specific training in postpartum mental health. She understands that parenthood involves both physical and mental change, and aids her clients in finding balance to deal with these shifts and the demands of adaptation. For new mothers, she offers support around challenges such as postpartum depression, insomnia, and attachment issues with babies. She finds that perinatal concerns can dramatically improve with better coping skills, and that therapy can help mothers realize growth both as an individual and as a parent.
Marisa utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Mindfulness Practices, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Brief Solution Based Therapy, and Supportive Therapy to give her clients a comprehensive approach to mental health. No matter the situation, Marisa is dedicated to creating a safe and non-judgmental space for her clients to feel heard and understood.
Perinatal mental health – Anxiety, depression, and relationship concerns specific to childbearing women and their families; Navigating complex emotions and the transition to parenthood during pregnancy and the postpartum period
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks
Relationships – Feeling unsatisfied in your partnership; communication challenges; addressing issues of power and voice; contemplation of separation; questioning one’s place in the relationship; breakups, friendships, dating
Academic issues – Adjusting to college; managing developmental and emotional challenges in school; balancing schoolwork and personal life
Parenting – Helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children
Self-esteem – Cultivate stronger sense of self; increase assertiveness, confidence, and self-compassion
Perfectionism – Striving for flawlessness setting unrealistic performance expectations
ADD / ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) – Managing ADHD and its effects on decision making, studies, relationships, and work; helping with organizational challenges
Adoption and foster care – Sees clients across the stages of adoption, including pre-adoption and years after adoption; supporting parents going through through the child welfare system or international adoption agencies; working with children who are in foster care or who are preparing to be adopted
Compulsive behaviors – Including compulsive overeating, compulsive spending
Existential challenges / crises – Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations
Infertility counseling – Experience working with infertility, pregnancy loss, perinatal psychology (mental health issues while pregnant), and peripartum / postpartum depression
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
Brown University Student Insurance
Johnson & Wales University
RISD Student Insurance
URI / University of Rhode Island Student Insurance
Intake appointment: $180
Ongoing individual/family sessions: $120
Sliding scale: A sliding scale of $80-120 is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Therapist's note: Marisa can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.
Message to clients
"Have you been wanting to take better care of yourself, set boundaries in relationships, and feel good about choices you make? Imagine a space where you can open up to a non biased and caring professional in a safe and judgement-free environment. ME Psychotherapy is that place. With a variety of caring professionals, we guarantee that you will be matched with a person who meets your needs and will guide you on a path towards wellness. Take the leap and put yourself first today."
Treatment approachesAcceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy that uses mindfulness and behavioral activation to help people learn strategies to live life more in the present, more focused on important values and goals, and less focused on painful thoughts, feelings and experiences. (learn more)
Brief Solution Based Therapy A goal-directed collaborative approach to psychotherapeutic change that is conducted through direct observation of clients' responses to a series of precisely constructed questions. (learn more)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)In cognitive behavioral therapy, you work with a therapist in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. (learn more)
Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) is a time-limited psychotherapy that focuses on interpersonal issues, which are understood to be a factor in the genesis and maintenance of psychological distress. The targets of IPT are symptom resolution, improved interpersonal functioning, and increased social support. (learn more)
Mindfulness PracticesMindfulness practices include but are not limited to developing awareness, attention, and remembering. In mindfulness-informed therapy, clients develop tools to become aware of what is occurring within and around them, so they can begin to untangle from mental preoccupations and difficult emotions. Self-acceptance and compassion are also core elements of mindfulness-informed therapy. (learn more)
Supportive TherapySupportive psychotherapy is used primarily to reinforce a patient’s ability to cope with stressors by giving clients the opportunity to express their feelings and thoughts about the issues. Clinicians help patients learn how to move forward and make decisions or changes that may be necessary to adapt, either to an acute change, such as the loss of a loved one or severe disappointment, or to a chronic situation, such as an ongoing illness. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Private Practice, 2009 - Present
East Bay Center, Outpatient Therapist, 2004 - 2009
Community Counseling of Bristol County, Case Manager, 2001 - 2004
North American Family Institute, Specialized Foster Care Clinician 2008 - 2009