Marisa La Piana (she/they)

Accepting Clients

Welcome! I look forward to speaking with you!

Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Oakland, CA

  • Individual
  • Family
  • Child
  • Adolescent/Teen

About My Clients

My practice was created with the needs of young adults, women, queer folks, disabled and neurodivergent folks at the center. It is deeply influence by affirming the inherent strengths, resilience and wisdom of these individuals. I also take into account systemic, historical and intergenerational traumas that often create challenges for those holding these identities. I believe that therapy is political.

My Background and Approach

My practice welcomes children, teens and adults, I often find myself working with those who find themselves not fitting into a box. I welcome clients who identify as disabled, neurodivergent, trans, non-binary, queer, non-monogamous, and kinky. If you are a white and interested in support on your journey with anti-racism and accountability, I’d love to hear from you. Many queer, trans and disabled clients come to therapy with body-related trauma and or feeling disconnected from or overwhelmed by their bodies as a survival response to homophobia, transphobia and ableism. A somatic trauma based healing approach can help you start to build a deeper connection with your body so that you can live as authentically as possible. I will also support with listening and building compassion for your inner child, identifying and moving towards your values, self-acceptance and insight.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I identify a queer white femme with disabilities. I have a genetic condition called Turner Syndrome that impacts the ways in which I communicate and move through the world. Culturally, I am Italian American and identify strongly with a Buddhist philosophy. I practice mediation in my personal life and enjoy integrating these techniques into sessions with clients to facilitate a mind, body, spirit connection. I believe that our pain and suffering is directly connected to our values and that exploration of our pain can lead to our liberation. I am passionate about social justice and strive to bring cultural accountability into my therapeutic work, maintain a lifelong examination of my areas of privilege, particularly around my whiteness, and hold an anti-racist lens.

I offer online counseling in the following states:
I have experience with the following
  • Buddhism

At A Glance

  • Experience: 9 years of practice
  • Languages: English
  • Rate: $150 - 185/session


(510) 842-7702 Email Marisa
201 13th St. 1633
Oakland, CA 94604

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