Photo by Samantha Scaffidi.

Photo by Samantha Scaffidi.


Marissa is an advocate as well as an artist and is passionate about merging the arts and advocacy, seeing the arts as both a healing tool and a platform for positive change. She is the founder of the nonprofit Healing TREE (Trauma Resources, Education & Empowerment), which is dedicated to transforming how society responds to abuse and interpersonal trauma. Additionally, she is a national and keynote speaker, giving educational and inspirational speaking engagements including workshops, trainings, Continuing Education Units, breakout speeches and keynotes on abuse, trauma and healing at college campuses, medical clinics, residential treatment facilities and conferences across the country. Lastly, she is a published writer and the producer and co-writer of Healing TREE’s upcoming short film Silk to be directed by John Magaro (The Big Short, Carol).

Learn More / My Story

To read the story behind Marissa becoming an advocate for healing trauma, click here. To read a recently published article by Marissa to medical professionals, click here. And be sure to visit Healing TREE’s website here.


For speaking engagement or other advocacy collaboration inquiries including talk backs, panels and arts and advocacy projects, please fill out the form below or email



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