Marissa Colangelo is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, recognized as a DBT-Linehan Board of Certification, Certified Clinician™, and the Associate Director of Compass Training Institute at Compass Behavioral Health specializing in treating adolescents and young adults with emotion dysregulation, primarily personality disorders, anger, depression, self-mutilation, impulsivity, substance abuse, and anxiety.

Within Marissa’s role as Associate Director of Compass Training institute, Marissa serves as the Clinical Supervisor for Columbia University’s Master of Social Work graduates. Additionally, Marissa is responsible for teaching didactics and DBT Skills Training to UCI’s Psychiatry Fellows and the community, providing supervision and ensuring adherence to DBT, and managing Continue Education. Marissa works closely with CBH’s Research Director to identify training needs within CBH to ensure clinical excellence and provides both in-house training and external trainings. Additionally, she facilitates meet and greets with families interested in CBH to identify goodness of fit and to provide an overview of the program.

Marissa also facilitates a clinical caseload and responsibilities include providing individual and family therapy, leading DBT Skills Training groups, phone coaching, and attends weekly Team Consultation meetings. A team of coding and therapy adherent professionals review her therapy treatment plans and clinical videos and she receives expert consultation from Dr. Clive Robbins, DBT Training Director at Duke University at Compass Training Institute.

Marissa started her master’s in Social Work at Columbia School of Social Work (CSSW) in 2012. She served as a Student Ambassador, working with prospective students and Alumni. Additionally, Marissa participated in research under Dr. Allen Zweben studying the efficacy of Chantix with substance abuse. Marissa’s research and work sparked interest in working with mental health and substance abuse. During her second year at CSSW, she found her passion in providing therapy to individuals who suffer from emotion dysregulation and completed her intensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) in 2014 by Dr. Andre Ivanoff. Marissa’s second year internship was at Rikers Island, providing DBT to female inmates. Here, she worked on providing DBT in a setting with limitations and restrictions, leading to her passion of providing affordable and accessible DBT to the community.

Marissa has extensive experience working with adolescents and young adults providing evidence-based therapy in a variety of levels of care. Marissa participated in the development of the Partial Hospitalization Program at Clearview Treatment Programs and provided therapy at the outpatient and intensive-outpatient level of care for nearly 4 years. Marissa has engaged in long-term therapy with Clients as well as crisis intervention and short-term therapy. Marissa has a passion for teaching and returned to her alma mater at CSUN and was an Associate Professor, in the Child and Adolescent Department for 3 years. Here, Marissa taught Child Abuse and Neglect, Adolescence, Professional Pathways and Careers in Child and Adolescent Development before joining the team at Compass Behavioral Health.

Marissa has received additional DBT trainings that have enhanced her knowledge and application of DBT treatment; Working with Families of Emotionally Dysregulated Client's with Alan Frazzetti, The Spirit of DBT with Charlie Swenson, DBT and Substance Abuse with Patty Geislman, an Advanced DBT Training with Dr. Shari Manning, and intensive training in DBT-Prolonged Exposure with Dr. Melanie Harned. More recently, Marissa completed an intensive training in DBT for Children (DBT-C) with treatment developer, Dr. Francheska Perepletchikova in August 2019. In addition to Marissa's DBT training, she has received training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing.

Marissa’s Degrees and Certificates of Completion:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Child and Adolescent Development at California State University, Northridge 2012
  • Master of Science in Social Work at Columbia School of Social Work in New York City 2014
  • Adjunct Professor California State University, Northridge 2014-2018
  • Completed Intensive DBT Training, 2014
  • Completed Advanced DBT Training, 2017
  • Completed Intensive Training in DBT-Prolonged Exposure, 2018
  • Completed Intensive Training in DBT-C (DBT for Children)
  • Certification in Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Lynn McFarr
  • DBT-Linehan Board of Certification, Certified DBT Clinician™, 2019
  • Selected to be a calibrated Case Conceptualization coder for DBT-Linehan Board of Certification™, 2019