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Marissa Kaelter

Ed.S., M.Ed., NCSP

My Approach

Trust, transparency, and communication are the pillars to connection, self-discovery and meaningful growth. Marissa’s passion lies in her ability to build these connections with children and their families through empathy and understanding. Her years of experience as a School Psychologist have afforded Marissa the unique perspective of how to support the whole child, through building connections between home, school and the community. Her professional orientation is grounded in the integration of evidenced-based, person-centered, solution-focused, strength-based, trauma-informed and cognitive-behavioral therapy. Marissa works with you to identify strengths and work towards solutions by changing thought processes, modifying behaviors, and understanding emotional regulation. Marissa is skilled in counseling children of all ages with a range of abilities as well as conducting and interpreting a range of psychological assessments. She has a deep understanding of the trials and tribulations of life (both childhood and parenthood) and through counseling sessions will help you identify the strengths that already exist, teach new skills, and support you through the ups and downs of personal growth.

Ages Treated | Children, Preteen, Teen, Adults

About Marissa Kaelter

My Experience

Marissa is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist with over 12 years of experience providing mental health support to children, adolescents, teenagers, families, and educators in the public school system. Marissa earned her Bachelors of Arts from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN; Masters of Science in Education and Advanced Certificate in School Psychology from Brooklyn College in Brooklyn. NY; and Educational Specialist Degree from National Louis University in Chicago, IL. Marissa has worked in both the city and suburbs with children and families from various cultural and economic backgrounds. Her wide range of experiences include working in the psychiatric ward of a children’s hospital; early childhood centers; elementary, middle, and high schools; and a transition high school for students with intellectual disabilities (ages of 14 to 22). Marissa’s time as a school psychologist on the North Shore of Chicago, including her time in the school district’s behavioral program, enabled her to further develop the knowledge and skills required to work with children exhibiting mild to severe episodes of behavioral dysregulation. She can work with parents and children in the home to create positive incentive plans that can improve transitions, bedtime, mealtime, sibling relationships, etc. easier.  Marissa has worked with diagnoses including (but not limited to): Anxiety, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder; Autism, Depression, Oppositional Defiance Disorder, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder; and has experience with crisis prevention and intervention, trauma response, suicidal ideations, self-harm, and transitioning children and adolescents into and out of residential treatment facilities, partial hospitalization placements and intensive outpatient treatment programs.

Education

National Louis University, Educational Specialist
The City University of New York: Brooklyn College, Advanced Certificate in School Psychology & Master of Science in Education
Indiana University, Bachelor of Arts - Speech and Hearing Sciences

Languages Spoken

English

Gender

She/Her

Treatment Modalities

  • Coaching
  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Emotion Regulation Therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy
  • Person-Centered Therapy
  • Psychological Testing and Evaluation
  • Relational Therapy
  • Social Cognitive Therapy
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
  • Strength Based Therapy

If you’re ready to take the next step, make an appointment now.