About Marissa

As a holistic and clinical professional therapist, Marissa specialises in assisting individuals or groups affected by conflict, transition and change, relationship difficulties, trauma, depression and anxiety. She also provides counselling to other mental health professionals and humanitarian workers. Detailed information about her sessions can be found below, while costs can be found under the Fees section on the Home Page.

Marissa's intention is to empower you to understand yourself and develop abilities to manage the highs and lows of life. She offers a wide variety techniques so you can find the methods to help you with your individual challenges and obstacles.

As a qualified social worker, Marissa acts to promote a world where equality, respect for difference and the ability to achieve one's potential is a realisation for all and not just an ideal. Working with communities and in advocacy to address the social causes of mental health.

As a therapeutic retreat designer, Marissa combines all her professional skills and local knowledge to create unique experiences that are deeply rewarding to all members and also beneficial to the communities they visit.

Outreach work in Kaski District, Nepal. 2016.

Outreach work in Kaski District, Nepal. 2016.

As a researcher, Marissa as produced academic papers on women’s empowerment, the current social development context in Nepal, and the fundamental importance of the ‘social aggregates’ in healing trauma and preventing mental illness.

Marissa is also a trauma and recovery therapy and social change researcher. Marissa advocates for awareness about how cultural, relational and ‘social aggregates' factors that explain, define and point to solutions for our international societies today.

It is hoped that by bringing into the professional and public domain the ‘social determinants’ and the ‘social aggregates' that cause long-term trauma and stress, that both professional attitudes and governmental policy around how trauma is treated will change.

As a teacher, Marissa's aim is to help you find the practices that work and make sense for you. Combining the benefits of neurobiology, psychology, trauma and recovery therapy, therapeutic yoga and Buddhist philosophy, Marissa promotes the benefits of meditation and yoga for mind, body and spirit.

As a certified yoga and meditation teacher. Marissa was trained in Rishikesh, Kerala and Chennai, India and Nepal, the so-called 'Birthplaces of Yoga'. Marissa combines clinical therapeutic techniques with these disciplines, as well as 10 years teaching mindfulness, stress relief, self-care, self-compassion and the latest emotion processing practices.


Book your appointment online by clicking the button below, or email Marissa to arrange a time to suit you.

Marissa offers private counselling online and adheres to the code of ethics and professional conduct standard set out by the 2010 Australian Association of Social Workers.

If it is your first full session, click here to download the Counselling Consent Form. The form must be completed prior to your first session and returned to: marissa@marissanolan.com. The form also provides information about what to expect from your sessions and the Terms and Conditions that govern them.

Therapy & Yoga in Pokhara, Nepal

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Qualified Professional Therapy


Counselling is a unique relationship, where your situations, inner thoughts and feelings can be shared and deeply heard in complete privacy. Where you can gain support or find greater options, alternatives and new perspectives about yourself and your life.

Marissa aims to empower you to understand yourself fully and develop abilities to bravely face the highs and lows of life. She is trained in a huge variety of counselling, psychotherapeutic, transformational, yogic, processing methods and techniques for you to achieve the outcomes, healing and resolve you seek.

Marissa has a particular focus on:

    •    Stress reduction tools

    •    Resources and strengths

    •    Emotional regulation

    •    Mindfulness training

    •    Compassion training

    •    Coping mechanisms

    •    Anxiety and depression

    •    Acceptance and forgiveness

    •    Working with trauma

    •    Somatic experiencing

    •    Interpersonal neurobiology

    •    Finding purpose and meaning

    •    Naviga

    •    Meditation therapy

    •    Support through change, grief or loss

 Processing Emotion and Trauma


Whether using counselling, resource therapy, emotion process techniques, meditation therapy or energy healing techniques, intense emotions and experiences linked to them can be understood, processed and resolved. Just by having a highly trained professional supporting you to skilfully express or release them, regulate them, gain insight and discover and address the root causes.

You do not need to be in therapy for years, clearing techniques take away the emotional charge within you, so you can feel lighter and calmer, and less disturbed by present and past experiences.

I specialise in areas of depression, emotional overwhelm, panic attacks, stress, grief, anxiety or anyone desiring to manage their emotion or have relief emotionally.

You can experience therapies that will support you through whatever challenge you are facing in the present or from the past.

Relaxation, Mindfulness & Meditation


Many people are becoming aware of the benefits of relaxation, mindfulness and meditation. Marissa is highly experienced and skilled in teaching the following types of meditation:

  • Mindfulness Meditation

  • Concentration Meditation

  • Present Centerred Meditation

  • Compassion Meditation

  • Yogic Meditation

  • Buddhist Meditation

  • Transformational Meditation

  • Shamanic Journey Meditation

  • Visualisation Meditation

  • Sensory Meditation

  • Anxiety and Depression Meditation

  • Timeline Meditation

  • Emotion Processing Meditation

  • Meditation as Therapy

+When teaching Mindfulness, Marissa is heavily influenced by : John Kabat Zinn, Chögyam Trungpa, Thich Nhat Hanh.

Meditation Therapy


Meditations can be done sitting or lying & desired results that will benefit you could be; mental peace, physical calmness, centering yourself, mind training, deep states of letting go or surrender, inquiry around personal issues, balancing your inner emotional world with the outer reality, recalling memories for resolution, visualisations around desired results, imagining the possibility of what you would like to create, going beyond stress, tension, fear, anxiety, emotion.

As it is a private session just for you and not a group class, the meditative experience can be personalised, tailored to your exact life, desires, needs, wants, hopes, issues or dreams. There can also be discussion to communicate your experience, to help you navigate your meditation experience as much as possible.

The ambition of meditation is always first of all to develop a 'calm mind and relaxed body'. To slowly overtime generate greater presence, stillness and acceptance, which naturally builds as you practice. However, there are many ways and types of meditation, each with their own benefits and results. Marissa can help decipher which practices are right for what you would like to achieve.

For those wishing to meditation at home, together, we can design a practice that is uniquely right for you and set you up with all the resources (apps, recordings, instructions, understandings) you need to be meditating successfully at home.

Stress Management


Whether stress is coming from inside or outside, you can work with it, manage it, learn from it, find your centre within it & experience relief. Bringing calm to the chaos.

Using mindfulness, regulation & relaxation techniques you can release the stress from your mind & body, allowing yourself to deeply let go for a while, feeling the tension leave you & recharge.

We can discuss how to make positive adjustments to your routine or lifestyle so you can keep your balance & maintain your energy & focus for longer.

You can learn stress release techniques to use when the stress starts to build and also change your relationship with stress. Everyone experiences stress in some form, at some stage, it's important to find out what the stress is communicating to you. What is triggering it, where it is coming from, what is fueling it, what is aiding it, what is it related to, what simple adjustments could diffuse or appease it?

Ongoing stress won't be ignored, if you don't work with it, it can work with you. The great news is, everyone can learn or change and find new ways of thinking, behaving or feeling to gain stability.



Pregnancy is a beautiful, natural experience. Yet it also comes with its own unique challenges for each person. I offer a 3 session process focused on getting mums ready for the birth of their baby.

All treatments are done in private sessions which allows flexibility to tailor the process for each mums unique issues, experiences, symptoms, fears and doubts.

Treatments are done in the last 3 months prior to birth with at least one week between each session. This gives each mum the opportunity to integrate, practice, re-evaluate and address issues as they arise, in a confidential and supportive space.

The objective for this process is to ready each mum for the birth of their child, to experience deep relaxation, to provide personalised support & skills to draw on. The skills are based on meditative therapies & energy medicine, to releases tension & emotion, feel more positive & to provide tools to practice & use, creating a feeling of empowerment, calmness & readiness.

The 3 treatment process includes:

* Releasing emotion & tension

* Learning meditative tools to relax & maintain energy

* Accessing a positive, calm & accepting attitude

* Learning breathing techniques for patience, contractions & birth

* Experiencing deep relaxation, calmness & peace

* Provide support in the last 3 months of pregnancy

* Feeling at peace with the changes in the body

* Visualisations of the birth

* Drawing on feelings of ok-ness & openness of what is to come

* Release the energy of fear, anxiety or doubt

This is something everyone should try, each individual person will get something different from the experience, as it treats all of your physical, mental, spiritual and emotional needs. Marissa’s processing treatment is an amazing way to address my physical issues that were related to emotions.
— Alison, Sydney



2017. MA in Social Work. Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP), Sydney, Australia.

2012. BA in Counselling and Social Science. Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP), Sydney, Australia.


2016. Qualified Interpersonal Violence and Trauma Therapist. Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP), Sydney, Australia.

2015. Certificate in Resource Therapy for Trauma, Anxiety and Depression. Resource Therapy International, Sydney, Australia.

2015. Trauma therapy training with Dr. Bessel van der Kolk (Founder and Medical Director of the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute (JRI) in Brookline, Massachusetts, USA, past President of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University Medical School). Sydney, Australia.

2013. Foundation of Buddhist Thought and Psychology Practitioner (FPMT). The Root Institute, Bodhgaya, India.


2019. 200 hour Diploma Yoga Therapy (DYT). Gururkul Yogapoint Institute. Nashik, India

2015. Certificate in Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (CTSY). Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute (JRI), Sydney, Australia.

2015. 150 hour Certificate in Vini Yoga - Yoga for the individual. YogaVahini Foundation, Chennai, India.

2013. 200 hour Certificate in Yoga Teaching Training (YTTC). Shiva Yoga Peeth, Rishikesh, India.


2012. Training in Vipassana and Insight Meditation. Vipassana Meditation Centre, Blackheath, Australia.

2010. Certificate in Meditation Teaching. Awareness Institute, Sydney, Australia.

2010. FPMT Buddhist foundation thought practitioner, India

2010. Vipassana and Mindfulness Training. Sannataram, NSW, Australia


2011. Certificate in Reiki Practitioner. Awareness Institute, Sydney, Australia.

2009. Certificate in Vibrational Remedies. Awareness Institute, Sydney, Australia.


2011. Certificate in Psychological Astro-Counselling. Awareness Institute, Sydney, Australia.