Photo by Samantha Scaffidi.

Photo by Samantha Scaffidi.


Marissa 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.

Healing TREE connects those who have suffered trauma with resources necessary for healing rather than coping, provides education to professionals across fields and the public at large that promotes awareness, effective intervention and cutting edge treatment and offers empowerment through producing arts projects that encourage a healing movement.

Marissa has given educational and inspirational speaking engagements and trainings on abuse, trauma and healing at college campuses, medical clinics, residential treatment facilities and conferences across the country.

For speaking engagement or advocacy collaboration inquiries, please contact Healing TREE directly at