When I'm asked about my background, I often describe how my love of activity, of challenge, and of sport were the vehicle for my own personal growth and healing. These days, as a therapist and counselor, I bring that same passion and commitment to working with my clients.
I raced bicycles professionally at both national and international levels and most recently I raced long distance triathlons. This brought me many top honors, podium steps, and even a national title—all for which I am so grateful. However, I soon came to realize that no “gold medal” could fill a void that was on my inside and thus I began my own healing process. In 2013 I started the transition from full-time athlete to full-time counselor and coach. Through my racing career, I came to identify with and confront many of my own personal obstacles. Although I do still participate in some competitions, my real love and passion lies in helping others. I believe each and every one of us has the right to live a happy, free, and vibrant life.
To that I am committed. -Marisa
10 years Professional Bicycle Racer
3 years Professional Triathlete
Over 30 career podium finishes
2010 US National Championship Title
USAT Worlds Team member
Course record holder for both road and mountain running event
Bachelor of Arts, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas 2000
Colorado Secondary Science Teaching License, Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado 2003
Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling, Adams State University, Alamosa, Colorado 2013
Registered Clinical Psychotherapist, State of Colorado, LPC in Progress