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Marisa Hughes, LCSW

Helping You Get Unstuck, So You Can Propel Forward 


Marisa Hughes, LCSW

Helping You Get Unstuck, So You Can Propel Forward 

Does it feel like your life is ruled by fear and insecurity?

Are you sick and tired of feeling stuck or held back by past painful life experiences? 

Have you ever felt like you don't have control over your own life or circumstances?

Or maybe you are sick of feeling stuck in a vicious repeat cycle of unhealthy relationships (intimate, friendship, career, or otherwise) because deep down, you don’t believe that you deserve better? 

I get it. After doing my own healing work and helping my clients through their healing journeys, the patterns of trauma stuckness have become clear. Struggling with insecurities and fear are common reactions to trauma. But they are not the only way.

You can move forward and break free.

Healing is possible. 

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It is nice to meet you...

I’m Marisa Hughes, a Licensed Psychotherapist and Coach who specializes in trauma. Many people say that I provide them the best of both worlds. I received my Masters in Social Work from New York University and am trained in EMDR, a highly effective modality for the treatment of trauma. My strong clinical training combined with my intuitive gifts of knowing when and how to dive deeper with my clients allows me to facilitate healing at a deeper level, get straight to the core issues with my clients, and ignite true and lasting shifts in their lives. It is my passion to help people get unstuck and remove barriers so that they can be the best version of themselves. 

What is trauma?

Many people think of trauma as horrific life experiences such as physical and sexual abuse or combat. While trauma is those things, it is also emotional abuse, neglect, financial loss, moving, divorce, career loss, bullying, feeling less than, etc. I help my clients identify and validate their painful experiences for what they are, so that they can break free of their past and finally move forward. 

Through diving deeper, letting go of judgment, and rewriting your story, you can break free of your past, no matter how dark it may have been. Your past does not need to define you any longer.

Let’s work together so I can help you move forward in your life. You are only as stuck as you choose to be. 


Work With Me

Work With Me

There are multiple ways for us to work together...

Everything that I do is completely customized to my client's needs. 

I am committed to meeting you where you are, without judgement or assumptions. 

Regardless of what you have been through, moving forward and getting unstuck is possible. Whether you are looking for more of a traditional psychotherapy approach or for coaching, I am committed to helping you propel forward. 

Click to learn more about the section below that is most in alignment with the type of support you are looking for:


Traditional Psychotherapy

My practice is located in Boca Raton, FL. I often see my clients in-person on a weekly basis, with sessions catered specifically to their individual needs. For convenience, I also offer sessions via phone or video chat as needed. I treat people struggling with PTSD, anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, eating disorders, addictions, and intimacy issues to name a few. Interventions include: EMDR, CBT, DBT, inner child work, yoga therapy, and traditional talk therapy. 

Intuitive Coaching

 The universe has given me the gift of clairvoyance, which allows me to connect with the spirit of those who have passed away as well as with your higher purpose and spirit guides. If this is not something that you are comfortable with, there is nothing to fear as I will never do a reading unless you explicitly request it.

Business Coaching For The Entrepreneur

Entrepreneurs are human first and foremost. That humanness means that we bring our stuff to the table in everything that we do and when we have not yet overcome past negative experiences, that negativity bleeds into our businesses. I help entrepreneurs of all backgrounds get clear about their stuck points, fears, and insecurities, so that they can thrive in their business. Check out my feature in the Huffington Post for even more details about how adverse life experiences effect entrepreneurs.

Consulting For Therapists

Starting a psychotherapy practice brings up many fears and insecurities.  Mindset work is a key component in building and maintaining a successful therapy practice. As someone who understands first hand what it takes to run a practice, I help other therapists get out of their own way so that they can do the same. 





-Grief Support-

"What Marisa does for the soul is something incredible. It is truly a gift to have the support, guidance and care that she offers. I had been so afraid of therapy and doing the work before I met Marisa. But as I came into counseling Marisa created a safe, nonjudgmental environment that was amazing to experience and do real work in. As I continue to work with Marisa, I am so grateful for the many diverse qualities she offers that continue to help me on my path. For the first time in a long time, she has helped me see a light that I did not even know existed." -Kim 

-Guilt and Shame-

"Before I worked with Marisa my life was consumed with negative feelings that I was too scared to feel. I remember my life beforehand. I was full of guilt and shame. Not just stemming from my substance abuse but from my traumatic past. And now? I'm not the same woman that I was. I have a different outlook, I have the ability to find joy in my imperfect life. I can laugh even when things aren't going well for me. I can step back and think my decisions through. I learned that I'm worth something, and that I have an entire lifetime ahead of me. I have learned to feel. 
Marisa was not the first therapist I've seen. But, unlike others in the past, we were able to create this incredibly unique relationship. It was the only relationship I have ever had that was completely about me and that was how it's supposed to be. For the first time in my life, I was completely raw, honest and real with another human being. Marisa was the first person I was able to be real with. Miraculously, now I can deal with whatever life is throwing at me as it comes because of the work we have done." -Emma 

-Personal Growth-

"Marisa is an unbelievable therapist! In just 3 and 1/2 months of working with her, I have gained such personal growth. She has taught me so much - how to value myself, be accountable and give myself credit for what I have done! This boosted my self worth and confidence which was shattered before I walked into her office. From our very first phone conversation I felt comfortable right away with her. G-d sent her to me! She has great empathy for her clients. And she always taught me to think for myself, play the tape through and trust my gut. She reinstilled my faith in myself. I feel so much stronger as a result of our work together and I'm so grateful! Thank you so much Marisa." -Robyn 


"I originally went online back in June 2016 to locate a licensed psychotherapist--either an individual who is licensed in social work or a clinical psychologist. I had been soldiering through pain on my own, stuffing it down and not dealing with it properly. I located Marisa's website with key words I had used. I remember reading " Helping you to get unstuck" and "getting you out of pain." I said to myself, "Sounds great" and called Marisa and spoke with her on the phone.

We have been doing amazing work together ever since. Marisa Hughes is a very caring, compassionate, non-judgmental therapist who will meet anyone "where they are." She is flexible and will do sessions on the phone if need be. She has helped me to reach way down inside with journaling. We have initiated EMDR which is amazing. She is also in the process of learning new techniques and modalities which are cutting edge. 

I am so grateful to Marisa for teaching me not to be judgmental of negative feelings and emotions I have and give myself permission to feel. That has been such a gift. I am looking forward to our work together in 2017!" - Sunny

-Depression, Grief, and Substance Abuse-

"I had the absolute pleasure of working with Marisa, I really can't even begin to tell you how grateful myself and my family are for her! I suffer from substance abuse, depression, grieving issues, and some other stuff. I really consider Marisa an angel in my eyes, she helped me get my good life back that I had before my substance abuse. I now have over 15 months sober, which I was never able to say before. Marisa really gets deep into all the underlining issues that I had and helped me figure out ways I can handle my issues rather than keeping them and let them build up and to cope with them the way I should. Her dedication and how much she cares made it even better to work with her! I would definitely recommend her to anyone I know that needs help!" -Kendra 

-Trauma from Abuse-

"I would highly recommend Marisa. I honestly can say she has changed my life so much. I have suffered from abuse and trauma and so much more. She has made me realize so many things I didn't realize before she has helped me become a stronger woman and changed my world! Love her!!! The best!" -Kelly

-Couples Counseling-

"Marisa is an amazing couples and individual therapist. My boyfriend and I went to see her when we were having major issues in our relationship. We had been together for nearly three years; living together, when he told me he needed space, and he moved out. 

We tried other therapists, time apart and attempt to restart our relationship on our own, but we were getting nowhere. We both wanted to save our relationship; but we were really struggling. After the New Year, we reached a breaking point. We decided to see one more couples therapist in an effort to save our relationship. We are so lucky we found Marisa, as she did just that; she saved our relationship. 

We met with Marisa as a couple and I met with her individually in an effort to really dig deep and try to repair the damage that had been caused over the last few years. Marisa gave us great advice and really took the time to understand us as a couple and as individuals. She assessed our needs, and gave us extremely effective tasks to complete outside of therapy designed to strengthen our relationship and meet our goals.

After a few months of therapy with Marisa, my boyfriend proposed and we got engaged! We are now moving back in together with a much better understanding of each other and a stronger foundation to have a long lasting relationship.  

It was a very difficult process going through a separation; but Marisa made it much easier and gave us the tools we needed to make our relationship work. If it wasn’t for her, I do not know if we would be together right now. I can’t thank her enough for her help. I think it would be extremely helpful to see Marisa from time to time to keep our relationship strong and healthy. Long term relationships take work, and Marisa understands this. I am so grateful for her guidance and support." - Lauren & Brian

-Intuitive Reading-

"I don’t even know how to put into words how amazing Marisa is. Her approach and level of empathy for her clients is something that is unparalleled to others. Marisa understood my resistance to opening up the unknown world for me and had such a soft and caring approach. She made me feel comfortable in one of my most uncomfortable experiences. Aside from her demeanor, Marisa has an amazing talent to connect with souls who have left human earth and she understands the magnitude of her abilities.
Marisa changed my life forever and I now hold a very special place in my heart for her. She is one of the most amazing people I have ever come across in my life & whomever she crosses paths with is touched forever.  I highly recommend Marisa for whatever your needs may be! - Shana T


I am honored to have been selected for the 2017 Best of Boca Raton Award in the Psychotherapist category by the Boca Raton Award Program.