My Approach to Helping
My name is Marissa Sanchez, and I am LatinaHispanic a licensed master social worker (LMSW).
I received my Bachelor of Science in social work from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, and then went on to obtain my Master’s Degree in social work from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. I was born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico and moved to Texas five years ago to chase my dream and passion for helping others. Growing up I was classically and pre-professionally trained as a dancer and was certain that was going to be my path until injury struck right before the most important time in my young career. Growing up I was also heavily involved with other forms of art and artistic expression, both performing and visual. Which brought me to my current path as a social worker. When I could no longer practice my art form in the way I wanted I had to come up with a plan to continue feeding that passion while also incorporating helping others. Dance, voice, painting, poetry, and printmaking were some of the art modalities that helped me heal and transform during the difficult transition from dance and art being my everything to having to focus more so on academia. Even before all of this art has been a healing force in my life, and social work has given me the opportunity to share that passion and way of healing with others. During my time as a dancer, we were also encouraged to practice mindfulness, meditation, and awareness as it related to our craft. Thus, my relationship and journey to practicing mindfulness, meditation, and awareness began. Throughout much of my youth, I had a rocky relationship with mindfulness, meditation, and awareness, but after learning the science and research behind it and practicing it regularly I started to see, feel, and understand the benefits. I am now able to share these practices with my clients and the various populations I work with.
As previously mentioned much of my practice relates back to brain based and epigenetic research, which put simply is the study of the brain and how it functions and how it relates back to human experience, trauma, and general understanding. Oftentimes, when we as humans can understand why we are experiencing something and make sense of it, it brings comfort and understanding, which I have found helps people along in their healing journey. When we can talk about how and why our brain is reacting the way that it is there is often more room for growth and healing. Meditation, mindfulness, and awareness also all have positive effects on the brain that promote healing and stress relief. Like other parts of our body, the brain is a muscle, and the more we use it in ways that help promote healing the more we can initiate that process when we are ready.
Much of the work I do with clients is strength-based, culturally aware, person-centered. I am an individual that promotes wellbeing through the use of art in many forms such as painting, writing, dancing, movement, and any art form you may be interested in. Much of my practice includes the use of mindfulness informed by brain-based, and epigenetic techniques and research. I am committed to meeting clients where they are at in their healing journey and fully believe in the use of the holistic approach. Evidence-based research informs my practice, and I value and honor each client’s experience.
I value the experience of each client, everything they bring to each session, and all that they carry throughout their healing journey. I wholeheartedly believe that we all have the strength we need to face hardships deep within us, all we need is the right support and resources to channel that strength. If you are ready to discover your strengths, please feel free to reach out and I would love to be helpful throughout your healing journey.
While obtaining my master’s degree from Texas Christian University, I had the opportunity to intern with two private practices. Most recently, Con Safos Counseling where I worked with young adults experiencing mild to moderate mental health conditions and worked mainly using brain based epigenetic practices. I was also able to incorporate mindfulness and meditation into the practice as well. This opportunity has influenced much of my current practice and has fueled my passion to continue helping others in any way that I can. I love working with teens, young adults, and adults!
As a student at St. Edward’s University, I served as a member of the National Organization It’s On Us, which is a group that aims to educate and advocate for survivors of sexual assault and interpersonal violence. During all four years of my undergraduate education, I served as an educator, ally, and advocate for survivors, having this knowledge has helped me serves clients that have experienced sexual assault or interpersonal violence themselves.