After being told in school she was physically inept and would never amount to anything, Marisa went on to become the top trainer at the renowned Pineapple Dance studio in both London and New York and then worked for Jane Fonda in Los Angeles at the height of the fitness craze. Using her firm belief that the body does precisely what the mind tells it to, Marisa had her daughter Phaedra after numerous specialists insisted she would never get pregnant.
She also used this very same philosophy to overcome two life-threatening illnesses and has helped many people do the same. As a columnist, Marisa has provided advice on relationships, diet, confidence and wellbeing to millions of readers as a weekly columnist at Closer magazine, the Agony Aunt for the Sunday People, and the nutritionist for Men’s Fitnessmagazine. She has counselled numerous celebrities in her “On the Couch” feature for Closer and been a contributing writer for countless other outlets.
Countless publications contact Marisa for her expert opinion and she is often quoted in magazines such as Glamour, Top Sante, Bella, ELLE, and More. Marisa is a successful author of four bestselling books, which have been translated into Swedish, German, Icelandic, and Korean, with her “Ultimate Confidence” title being used as a core curriculum component in the Korean education system. Her book “You Can be Thin” has received over 260 five star reviews on Amazon as well as remaining a bestseller for the last five years.
Other accolades for Marisa’s work as a therapist include being listed in Tatler’s Guide to Britain’s 250 Best Practitioners, being the only woman included in Men’s Health’s “Best of British” list, and listed as the leading practitioner for mental health in London’s Time Out Guide. On top of her success as a columnist and author, Marisa has also appeared behind and in front of the camera on major television shows such as Supersize versus Superskinny, Celebrity Fit Club UK and USA, and I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here.
She has given her expert advice and opinions on UK news outlets including Sky News, BBC News, ITV News, Channel 4 News as well as news programs in Japan, Dubai, Spain, America, and Scandinavia. Lastly, Marisa has given motivational lectures to an array of companies and organizations including Disney, Canon, Bauer Media, Marks & Spencer, Hachette publishing, and several Cambridge Colleges. Using her techniques—which include visualisation, affirmations, and positive metaphors—Marisa is able to instill extraordinary self-belief and unrelenting confidence in her lives audiences and readers alike.