About Marissa Marin, MA

Marisa V. Marin, psychologist, uses music, play and other expressive forms of modalities in conducting her therapy sessions. She first discovered music therapy when she was studying BA Psychology at The Catholic University of America in Washington DC. She later pursued her Masters Degree in Psychology at the Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City focusing on Child & Family Development. In the year 2000, she got an excellent mark in defending her MA thesis entitled, Exploring the Use of Music Therapy for Filipino Autistic Children and graduated on the same year. The condense article of her thesis is published in the Philippine Journal of Psychology December 2004 issue. She recently earned a certificate for postgraduate studies in Expressive Arts Therapy, Education & Consulting in the European Graduate School in Saas Fee, Switzerland where she hopes to finish her doctorate studies.

She became the attending psychologist for the Hematology Unit of CMCP-Dr. Fe Del Mundo Center. Here, she catered mostly patients with leukemia and their families doing play, music and other expressive arts therapies. She received two recognitions from the L.I.F.E. foundation of the said Unit for supporting all the projects. In 2013, she was a contributing author for the Music & Medicine Journal, an online International Journal of the International Association of Music & Medicine. Her journal article is entitled, Therapeutic Songwriting for Filipino Children with Leukemia.

At present, she is part of the team of psychologists of Dr. Honey Carandang, now known as the MLAC Institute for Psychosocial Services, Inc. She contributed in two chapters of the book of Dr. Carandang’s, The Magic of Play, Children Heal Through Play Therapy. Her work involved doing play therapy, music and other expressive arts therapy and psychotherapy sessions for children and adolescents with psychosocial and emotional needs, planning and facilitating in workshops and seminars given by the institute for government and non-government offices, schools, and specific groups; and participating in research work. In recent years, she is active in doing trauma counseling for the typhoon survivors.

Aside from her own private practice in Quezon City, she is also a practitioner of music therapy of C.R.I.B.S. Foundation New Beginning Center in Marikina where she conducts group music therapy sessions for the abandoned and abused children. And in the Jesuit Infirmary of the Ateneo de Manila University where she conducts music therapy sessions for the aging priests.

She is also part of the MAGIS Team in The Learning Child School, Ayala Alabang offering expressive arts therapy.

She contributed a chapter, Music, You and Adolescent a resource material for public teachers, Palay, Bigas, Kanin Corebook 2011 where Joey Ayala was the editor.

She was an associate member of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) until 2011. And in 2012, together with other representatives of other countries she was invited to  present her practice of music therapy to a captive audience in Seoul Korea.

She is the past president of the Philippine Association for Child and Play Therapy (Philplay) where she is one of the 11 founding members who started it in 2009.

Due mostly to her advocacy of music therapy, she has received the TripleA (Amazing Alumni Achiever) award of the Maryknoll/Miriam College in 2011.