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Hi, I'm Marisa!

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 for many years and then moved to long distance triathlons, where I spent my final “pro” years. 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.

Mostly these days I spend my free time running (hiking or walking) in the mountains near my hometown of Durango or in the winter, exploring the beautiful high sonoran desert in Arizona-a more recent passion. I have no problem these days slowing down to work in my garden, or on my latest oil painting project. My husband and I love to cook meals together and do some exploring in our little motorhome. We are proud parents to our two fur babies: Lucky and Nellie.

Peanut Butter, Early Mornings, Desert Sunsets, Australian Shepards, Aloha, Anything Turquoise, Sweden, Trails in the Wilderness (or just about anywhere).

  • 10 years Professional Bicycle Racer
  • 3 years Professional Triathlete
  • 2010 US National Championship Title
  • USAT Worlds Team member
  • Over 30 career podium finishes
  • Course record holder for various road and mountain running events
  • 2018 Imogene Pass Run Master’s Champion
  • 2019/2020 — Out on Injury and Recovering from Ankle Surgery
  • Licensed Professional Counselor, State of Colorado (#0015528 )
  • Registered Psychotherapist in private practice, State of Colorado since 2013
  • Family Systems Counselor in Wilderness Therapy Program
  • Advanced & Specialized Training in Somatic Resiliency (on going)
  • Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling, Adams State University,  Alamosa, Colorado 2013
  • Middle School Science Teacher in Durango, Colorado 2003-2010
  • Colorado Secondary Science Teaching License, Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado 2003
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Kansas,  Lawrence, Kansas 2000
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