BEd, GDipCouns(Schl Couns), MPsych
Marisa brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her practice. She has a clam and organised approach to her work. Marisa is passionate about helping people to reach their academic potential and succeed in life. She is committed to helping students access the services and programs that best meet their educational needs. She has expertise in the assessment and diagnosis of Giftedness and neurodevelopmental disorders in Reading & Spelling (Dyslexia), Mathematics (Dyscalculia), Written Expression (Dysgraphia) and Intellectual Disability. Marisa has 30 years experience in conducting learning and cognitive assessments across the lifespan, having assessed clients aged 3 years through to 61 years old. Marisa provides face-to-face assessments and is available via telehealth for consultations.
Marisa completed a Bachelor of Education from the University of Melbourne in 1989. Following this, she worked as a Teacher for four years before embarking on postgraduate studies. Marisa completed a Graduate Diploma in Counselling (School Counselling) at Charles Sturt University in 1997. She later completed a Master of Psychology (Counselling Psychology) with distinction at Swinburne University of Technology in 2012. Marisa became a Registered Psychologist in 1999 and a full member of the Australian Psychological Society in 2000.
After working as a Registered Teacher, Marisa commenced roles in student wellbeing and school psychology in 1995. Marisa is the Lead School Psychologist at a large independent school in Melbourne’s south east. Marisa has a wealth of experience in working with students with learning difficulties and mental health problems. Marisa has coordinated Student Support Group meetings for students with additional learning needs. In the last five years, Marisa has been working at a not for profit organisation specialising in assessing clients with learning difficulties and disabilities.
A psycho-educational assessment can:
- Reveal the underlying causes of your child’s learning difficulty.
- Offer specific recommendations for home or school to improve your child’s learning. Sometimes a referral to another health professional may be suggested.
- Help you to make informed decisions about your child’s learning needs. An assessment can inform an Individual Educational Plan (ILP) and assist with decisions about whether your child may benefit from specialised programs (e.g., learning support, disability services, enrichment, extension and acceleration programs).
- It can determine readiness to start school.
- Assist in the application for Special Examination Arrangements and Special Entry Access Scheme in VCE.
- Provide access to the Disability Liason Officers (DLO) at a tertiary institute.
Registered Psychologist (No: PSY0001124675)
BEd, GDipCouns(Schl Couns), MPsych,