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Meet Marinn

Marinn Pierce (she/her/hers) is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (CA #567) and a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate (NC #15436) specializing in building resilience through trauma, depression, and anxiety. She holds a PhD in Counselor Education from the University of Tennessee and M.S. and Ed.S. degrees in Community Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Greenbsoro. After spending more than 10 years training professional counselors in the academic setting around the country, researching and teaching about trauma-informed practices, and continuing to see clients, she opened Embodied Resilience of the Carolinas in an effort to offer what she learned with clients.


Marinn began her career working with children and youth and their families and now specializes in treating intergenerational and developmental trauma, pre- and perinatal trauma, PTSD, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, and religious and spiritual issues. She also enjoys working with sexual orientation issues and coping with life transitions and works with individuals as young as two years old. She believes in providing a safe space for self-exploration and personal growth and that all individuals have the potential for positive growth and healing. She is the Past-President for the Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling. Marinn is a Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner and currently serves as an assistant in this method. She is also a Transforming Touch Therapist®. She has had the privilege to train with Ariel Giarretto, Raja Selvam, Abi Blakeslee, Nancy Napier, Jane Clapp, Carol Lampman, Steve Terrell, Ray Castellino, and Kate White.


Additionally, Marinn completed advanced training in the following areas:

  • Somatic Experiencing® 

  • Movement for Trauma (Level One)

  • Integral Breath Therapy (Master's Level)

  • Registered Yoga Teacher - 200 hour

  • Transforming the Experience-Based Brain

  • Prenatal and Perinatal Implicit Memory


Her approach to counseling includes a variety of well researched methods such as Developmental Counseling and Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, and Experiential Psychotherapy with an emphasis on body focused interventions.  Her office is located in the Human Optimization Center in Charlotte, North Carolina and is convenient to Pineville, Charlotte, Matthews, Fort Mill, and Rock Hill.

From Marinn:

For some, it takes tremendous courage to decide to seek the support of a helping profession. Often, it is not until individuals have exhausted other options that they reach out for professional support. Because of that, I believe safety is paramount in helping relationships and is the foundation for all other growth and healing, and I strive to create an environment in which my clients can experience their innate courage and resilience. I utilize somatic approaches that can be integrated with traditional talk therapy to support clients in healing past trauma and achieving other personal growth goals.


The process of growth and healing can feel daunting. It my hope and goal to create a safe container for individuals to feel courageous enough to do this challenging work. I look forward to speaking with you about the possibility of working together toward healing and wholeness!

If you would like to explore the possibility of working together or scheduling a training or workshop, please complete the contact form or call my office line at 704-387-4805.

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