Merrisa has worked in the disability sector in Ontario since 2010. She graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work Degree from Laurentian University and is a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW). She is an active member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW) and serves on Laurentian University School of Social Work Advisory Committee. Merissa is dedicated not only to the individuals she serves, but also to her community; she has spearheaded many community initiatives to lessen the gap experienced by vulnerable populations, and she consults with community stakeholders to increase community engagement.
Her area of expertise includes Traumatic Brain Injury, Disability/Medical Rehabilitation, Acute/Chronic Physical Illness, Grief/Loss, Trauma, Counselling, and Mental Health. Her treatment approach includes Rehabilitation, and also uses Mindfulness Theory, Eclecticism, Family Systems Theory, Anti-Oppressive Practices, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) when appropriate.