Marisa Giuliani-O’Keefe is a teacher, writer, accomplished therapist and a dedicated mother. Her work is who she is and that comes through during each and every session. Ms. Giuliani-O’Keefe has two Master’s Degrees in both Mental Health Counseling and Marriage & Family Therapy. After which, she completed a rigorous Post Master’s Degree in advanced techniques for Marriage & Family Therapy where she completed an Ed. S. and finished at the top of her class, Summa Cum Laude. She then completed an intense residency program working exclusively with couples and families. She began her private practice career working with the astute and much sought after,
Miles Wagman , “The Last Chance Doctor” in Red Bank, NJ. Marisa Giuliani-O’Keefe has spent the last fourteen years working with families and couples in the public school systems as a guidance counselor, as well as, in a therapeutic e environment. People are her passion and her many years of dedication to these efforts are clear.
Understanding individuals and their stories is my work. I use a family system's approach, which means that I understand individuals in the context of their family and through multiple generations. My therapy is structural and skill based, as well as educational. My goal is to learn everything I can about you, your past, your family, and the patterns that you have recognized in your own life. We will then use this information to conceptualize your strengths in order to move towards any changes that you would like to see.
Keeping couples together, means that families have the opportunity to mature and grow, which means that children will maintain stable, consistent, environments. Families are the corner stone of our communities and our world, so it is my goal to work to keep them operating effectively. I believe in marriage and take great joy in helping couples stay together, but when this is not possible, divorcing safely and without harming the children becomes the primary focus. Even when couples divorce, they are still a family.
My focus is to assist couples re-engage, to help children learn and thrive, and assist every individual I meet with finding a healthier, more joyful place in the world. To me this is the essential element of life and by sharing the knowledge I have, my hope is that my clients will grow and thrive.