Mareena Atalla, MA, LLP is a Master’s level psychologist who is currently pursuing her doctorate in clinical psychology with Wayne State University. Mareena works closely with and is supervised by Drs. Julie Braciszewski and Benjamin Kennert. Her mission is to foster resilience in families by building upon strengths and teaching skills to both children and parents to cope with and heal a range of difficulties, such as child and adolescent mood and anxiety difficulties, OCD, emotion dysregulation, external behavior problems, neurodevelopmental disorders (e.g. Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD), trauma, and disruptive family relationship patterns. Her clinical and research interests include child and adolescent mental health in the context of parent-child relationships and the family as a whole system.
Mareena has had a passion for supporting the growth of children and families even before attending graduate school. Prior to graduate school, Mareena obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Wayne State University, and she worked as an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) technician with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She worked closely with children and their families in the clinic and at home to build behavioral, social, and academic skills. As an ABA technician, she realized the importance of considering the influence of the child’s various environments and contexts on their functioning and treatment. Mareena’s continued training in graduate school has focused on psychological assessments of children with emotional, behavioral, and academic difficulties, as well as learning to implement evidence-based treatments for children and families. Her experiences working with families have shaped her values and orientation in service provision. Mareena considers the overall environment of children and families, taking a holistic approach by considering client strengths and difficulties, to conduct comprehensive assessments and devise comprehensive treatment plans in partnership with clients. She works diligently to enhance the strengths of children and families while building additional skills to help them understand and manage their unique situations and create sustainable change.