Marielle Manzano, MEd, LPC Intern

Marielle Manzano was born and raised in Austin, Texas. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in May 2016 with her Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Sciences with a focus in Early Childhood. As an undergraduate, Marielle briefly traveled abroad in Italy to study the Reggio Emilia approach to childhood education. Here she learned about incorporating creativity and exploration to encourage children's potential for self-expression and problem solving skills. She also volunteered extensively at the Priscilla Pond Flawn Child and Family Laboratory, where she helped implement play-based curriculum and facilitate learning among children aged 1 to 6 years old. She worked as part of a team with parents, master teachers, and a child's therapists to develop treatment plans.

Marielle relocated to Houston in August 2016 where she attended graduate school at the University of Houston. While earning her degree, Marielle began working with Dr. Forrester as practicum student in June 2017. She graduated in 2018 with a Master of Education in counseling and is continuing her work with Dr. Forrester as a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern under the direct supervision of Diane Barghi, LPC-S.

Marielle has worked with children of all ages and their families in several settings including public schools, community centers, and nonprofits. She believes in the importance of early intervention and using a child’s natural language of play to process the many difficulties they may be facing in their life. Marielle strives to meet each child where they are. In addition to the child, Marielle makes every effort to work with parents in order to foster a child's growth, while also empowering parents to utilize behavioral and emotional support strategies outside of the office.

Marielle is bilingual and can provide therapy services in Spanish. If you have any questions about Marielle, please feel free to give us a call at the office: 713-598-3559

9601 Katy Freeway, Suite 175 • Houston, TX 77024

Phone: 713-598-3559