Marisa Mercuri

Marisa Mercuri, M.A.
2791 Cote Ste. Catherine Road
Montreal, Quebec, H3T 1B5

I am a Ph.D. candidate in Clinical Psychology at Concordia University and a registered student member of the Ordre des psychologues du Québec (OPQ). I obtained both a B.A. in Honours Psychology and an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Concordia University as well. My doctoral dissertation is centered around touch within the context of parent-infant relationships. I am investigating how tactile communication contributes to the reciprocal and dynamic influences among members in both typically developing and at risk-dyads (for example, depressed and non-depressed mother-infant dyads), starting from birth and throughout the first year of life. I continue to integrate the knowledge I’ve acquired throughout my doctoral research into my clinical practices. In particular, my research informs me on the importance of early parent-child relationships, parenting practices, and the factors that contribute to a healthy development.

I have extensive clinical experience working with adolescents, adults, and couples presenting with difficulties relating, but not limited, to life transitions (divorce/separation, parenthood, gender transitions), relationship distress, sexual dysfunctions and traumas, insomnia, body image, depression, anxiety (generalized, social), obsessive-compulsive and related disorders (OCD, trichotillomania), and ADHD. I have had formal training within Concordia University’s Applied Psychology Centre, as well as the following clinics within the McGill University Health Centre: Anxiety Disorders Program, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Clinic, Bariatric Surgery Unit, and Sex and Couple Therapy Service.

My approach to therapy can be described as integrative, as I incorporate tenets from third-wave cognitive-behavioural therapies (CBT, ACT, and DBT), and emotion-focused, interpersonal, and existential therapies, into my clinical practice. I recognize that the needs of an individual or couple is likely to vary and thus aim to tailor my treatment approach accordingly. I value collaborative and authentic relationships with my clients and see our alliance as the foundation of a successful course of treatment.