Marissa Bumagny, LMSW


Ages Served

Adolescents & Teens, Adults (up to 40)


Anxiety and Trauma Disorders, Adolescent and Child Disorders, Mood Disorders, Thought Disorders

Services Offered

Adult Therapy/Counseling (Individual), Child and Adolescent Therapy/Counseling

Treatment Approach

Acceptance and Commitment (ACT), Art Therapy, Attachment-based, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Compassion-Focused, Culturally Sensitive, Emotionally Focused, Experiential, Expressive Arts, Gestalt, Gottman Method, Humanistic, Integrative, Internal Family Systems (IFS), Interpersonal, Mindfulness-Based (MBCT), Motivational Interviewing, Multicultural, Music Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, Positive Psychology, Relational, Solution-Focused Brief (SFBT), Strengths-Based Therapy


4520 East-West Hwy, #775
Bethesda, MD 20814


ADD/ADHD, Adolescent/Child Issues, Anger Management, Anxiety, Behavioral Issues, Coping Skills, Depression, Dual Diagnosis, Life Transitions, Marital and Premarital Issues, Parenting, Peer Relationship Issues, Racial Identity, Relationship Conflicts / Divorce, Self-Esteem, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma and PTSD, Women's Issues


Marissa takes a person-centered approach and focuses on embracing the inherent dignity, strengths, and resiliency that all people carry. Marissa uses a systems framework to understand the interconnectedness of our internal and external experiences. In therapy, this means increasing the connection you feel to yourself, but also to others and your environment. Marissa enjoys helping people build compassion and mental flexibility so that they can be fully engaged in life.

At the heart of her practice are mindfulness interventions, cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, emotionally focused therapy and attachment theory, and internal family systems. She loves to incorporate additional therapeutic frameworks and interventions to best suit the needs of the person and to cultivate a mind-body connection. This includes welcoming and incorporating holistic, spiritual, or other self-care practices and experiential therapies such as yoga, art, music, gardening, hiking, and nutrition.

Marissa believes that we should all be able to live meaningful, connected, and engaging lives. Marissa views mental health and wellness as an integral part of the journey of life: we all have our ups and downs, but by learning to accept all that we are and all that life is - we grant ourselves the opportunity to see how beautifully we can move with life no matter where our journey takes us. We also see that our journey is not ours alone, but a journey we share with our friends, family, ancestors, and our community. All of this shapes who we are and who we can become. Marissa treasures experiences that demonstrate the complexities of the human experience - from first-hand life experiences and exploring her own identity, to working with others as they explore their own world. She continues to see how people make sense of their circumstances, grapple with unforeseen challenges, and prove to themselves that they are worthy, deserving, and empowered. This is why she is here with you today - to serve as a facilitator between you, yourself, and your world and to create a space where you can explore, connect, and ultimately - heal. It is an honor to be here with you.

Education & Experience

Marissa earned a Master of Science in Social Work and a Master of Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to that, she received a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and in Arabic.

Languages Spoken

English, Arabic

Licensed In






A Little Bit About Me

"I am a Michigander who loves spending time outdoors. I love hiking, beaching, camping, gardening, and longboarding. I have many years of experience in dance, rock climbing, and yoga. I have lived abroad in Morocco and I am passionate about traveling and exploring the world. I love cooking and trying new foods."

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