Wellness Counselor at The Liberal Arts and Science Academy (LASA)
Ms. Rivera is a Wellness Counselor at The Liberal Arts and Science Academy (LASA) in Austin, Texas, and a Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice.
Over the course of her career, Ms. Rivera has counseled teens in schools, residential treatment centers, and group home settings. She specializes in social-emotional learning, grief, and loss, supporting LGBTQ+ students, multicultural issues, and animal-assisted therapy.
In 2016, Ms. Rivera was the co-creator of Austin Independent School District’s first Mindfulness for Athletes program, which she piloted within the Athletics Department at LASA/LBJ High school.
Ms. Rivera is an Executive Board Member of the Austin Interpersonal Neurobiology Connection. Ms. RIvera has a B.A. in Psychology and Cognitive Science from Rice University and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from St. Edward’s University.
In this session, participants will learn: The definition of mindfulness, Neurophysiological underpinnings of mindfulness and learning, Experiential learning of mindfulness techniques, and How to create mindful spaces on their own campuses. The session will be facilitated by Ms. Marissa Rivera, Wellness Counselor at The Liberal Arts and Science Academy (LASA).