“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” Helen Keller
I have been working in the field of Social Work since graduating from Case Western Reserve University in August 1999 with master’s degree (MSSA), which includes my undergraduate degree from the University of Akron. I am a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW-S) with supervisor status. Since 2007, I have been working in the Columbus area in community mental health at Concord Counseling Services and in private practice for 4 years. I’ve recently left my position at Concord to increase my hours and develop my private practice. My focus is primarily on individual, family (couples) counseling and adults with developments disabilities. I have also facilitated groups such as: Survivors of Suicide, Coping Skills, Self-Esteem, and Chronic Illness.
My areas of expertise include the following:
- Anger management
- Abuse and trauma
- Developmental delays
- Grief and loss
- Mood disorders
- Phase of life problems
- Relationship problems
The services I provide includes consultation, psychosocial assessment, individual service plans to set goal, counseling, couples counseling, interventions to increase coping mechanisms and strategies to implement change.
My therapy approaches include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Behavior Modification, Narrative Therapy, Mindfulness, Solution Focused Therapy, Prolonged Exposure Therapy and Gottman Couples Therapy.
Currently I am President of Families and Friends Network of Goodwill Columbus, where we help Goodwill Columbus promote and support opportunities for individual with disabilities to build independence and quality of life within the community.
“Marilyn is an amazing person. She was able to help my husband and I in such a short time with the issues we were having. Other therapists were never able to get certain things out of us, but Marilyn did it with such ease. We feel an amazing connection with her and she was able to get us to see things clearly and to see things we never saw before. She made us feel so comfortable and we actually looked forward to seeing her at each session. We’ve even asked jokingly if she could come home with us!!! We HIGHLY recommend her and her practice!!”
“Marilyn is a very strong force while at the same time empathetic and aware that we, as clients, have to resolve issues when we have the emotional/mental strength to do so. Marilyn has the training, knowledge and ability for me to feel secure enough to face PTSD issues that I have allowed to keep me captive for many decades. I now have new tools to work with thanks to Marilyn, to be mindful of my mental/emotional status, to stay positive, to not invite toxic people or situations into my life, and take care of my physical health.”
Payment Types/Insurance Companies
Payment types include: Private Pay of cash or check; as well as billing balance after copays to the following insurance providers: Anthem, Aetna, Medical Mutual, OSU, United Healthcare, Optum, and Beacon Health Options (Value Options).
My availability has increased; so I am now accepting new patients and have day, evening and weekend appointments.
Marilyn Messina, LISW-S
Telephone: (614) 505-7561 x201