TESTIMONIALS

Over these many years, Marisa has continued to inspire me with her passionate commitment to her own healing and her selfless dedication to helping other cancer patients and their families.

— Mitchell Gaynor, M.D., Founder and Director of Gaynor Integrative Oncology
Author of The Healing Power of Sound, Dr. Gaynor’s Cancer Prevention Program and Healing Essence
I have known Marisa Harris for more than ten years. I met her when she was first diagnosed with cancer and have followed her healing journey ever since. I never cease to admire her courage, intelligence, passion, and persistence. She brings these same qualities to her coaching and teaching, allowing her to help others hone in on exactly what they need in order to heal and thrive.

— Elizabeth Lesser, Cofounder, Omega Institute
Author of The New York Times bestseller, Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow and The Seeker’s Guide: Making Your Life a Spiritual Adventure
Marisa gave me new tools to get well that I didn't have, despite being a medical doctor. A few of these tools which immediately helped me were meditation and visualization which alleviated my fears and even my physical pain. It was particularly difficult to convince medical experts that I wanted to do it my way. Marisa gave me space to role-play difficult conversations that I needed to have with health care providers who had their own vision of how I should be handling my illness. She repeatedly helped me articulate how I wanted to handle my life and how to express it in the strongest possible way. She gave me permission to play solitaire online and to watch escapist TV shows as the best medicine to handle the stress of my health and my demanding career. Marisa always supported my desire to live my life the way I wanted to, both personally and professionally.

— Desiree Pardi, M.D. Ph.D., Medical Director of the Palliative Care Consult Service at New York/Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center 
 
When I met Marisa Harris at Omega Institute and heard her story of how she survived from and thrived with Pancreatic Cancer, I knew that I had to work with her as I confronted Stage IV Lung Cancer. After just 4 sessions, our work together has made a huge difference in my life. Marisa's warmth, positivity and dedication are extraordinary. She has inspired my commitment to get completely well again, and to motivate other lung cancer patients by speaking out as an advocate. Working with her has also strengthened my confidence that my novel, The Realist, which will be published on December 5, will climb the bestseller list and be the first of many books I write.

– Sarah Coleman
I have been beyond blessed with 18 months of coaching from Marisa.  I count this period as the most fruitful, fulfilling and magnificent of my life to date.  From the outside, I looked very much like I had it all.  Inside, I was miserable, stressed and numb and my declining health made it evident that change was absolutely necessary. So I took a radical leap of faith (and self love!) and committed to working with Marisa. It was baby step after baby step as Marisa gracefully guided me to uncover my own truths.  I stepped more and more into clarity and power in creating what I really desired, deep down...not what others expected of me or even what I believed I should do, but what I am here to be.  Much like climbing an intimidating mountain, it wasn't always easy and pretty, but I never quit moving towards my freedom and bliss.  Marisa was like a guardian angel by my side on my journey...spotting me, nudging me to notice what I had been missing, believing in me every step of the way and cheering me on wholeheartedly. "Working" with Marisa may very well be the greatest gift I have ever given myself. My confidence, courage, intuition and awareness have grown exponentially.  Now that I know what is possible with such benevolent support and love, I am forever changed...and oh-so-grateful.  I am excited to see what unfolds from this new thriving vantage point.  Thank you endlessly, Marisa, for holding me up through the messy bits, teaching so brilliantly and beautifully, and for celebrating with me all of my successes (small and large) along my path.

– Jacqueline Lawrence
If a person told me that I could have found peace of mind and even some joy in my life while dealing with my wife’s diagnosis with cancer, I would have labeled them insane.  It was Marisa who taught me to focus on the moment, to understand that only through self-examination can we release baggage and blocks which constrict us during times of great stress.  We can then strengthen ourselves so that when the people we love need help, we can support them.

– Robert Pardi, President, Evolvence Capital North America (Spouse of cancer client)
 
My finding my way to Marisa was truly Divine Guidance. From the very first email correspondence, even before we started our work, Marisa’s compassion for me was so vividly apparent. I felt an immediate connection to her and was moved by how caring and immediately invested in our relationship she was. Once we started our Spititual Divorce work, Marisa’s unflagging energy and focus never faltered. Each session with Marisa was a gift. The gifts I was given are the tools to conquer any adversity and find the beauty in my life.

Marisa guided me with the right combination of compassion and firmness and I have learned so much from her. Marisa gave me the gift of learning to love and cherish myself. I have used her Spiritual Divorce techniques to find the strength to cherish myself and who I am everyday of my life. Marisa is a light that shines for all who have had the honor to work with her.

– Gregory Landes, Musician & Composer. Founding member of Synchronicity
Before I undertook the integrative coaching process with Marisa Harris, I was frustrated: I am a writer, yet I could never sustain enough belief in myself to complete a novel. I would begin a project and stop after a few weeks, done  in by my internal doubts.

With the tools gleaned from working with Harris, I not only completed a first draft of my book, but now, a year later, I am working on a fourth draft. Coaching helped me to claim what I dreamed of. My reward is not only a stack of manuscript pages, but a bolder, deeper, more positive perspective that has affected every strand of my life.

– Katherine Weissman, Writer and former Executive Editor of Mademoiselle Magazine and a former Contributing Editor at O, the Oprah Magazine
Even  though it was ten years since I separated from my husband, there was still hurt, pain and unresolved issues.  But through working with Marisa, my Healing Your Heart coach, I was able to find release from that chronic dull pain that I thought would never go away.  I began to see my part in the breakdown of the marriage which I hadn’t see and therefore never acknowledged before.  It was always easier to blame “him.”  Marisa is an amazing coach and a compassionate, non-judgmental, fun-loving person.  At the same time she didn’t let me just “step over things.”   Marisa approached what she saw in a way that led me to deal with my own issues.  Through our work together, I was able to shed my shame around my marriage and ex-husband and begin to really move on.

– Ronni Meltzer, Director of Human Resources, Anderson Kill & Olick
 
If someone would have told me that with a diagnosis of metastasized breast cancer will come the happiest and most authentically lived days of my life, I would have said that they  are out of their minds.    Meeting Marisa and deciding to participate in both her group and individual coaching resulted in my living a life that I hadn't imagined possible.   She asked me a question that I had long since forgotten to consider.  "Julianna, what would you love?''   She asked me not once, not twice, but many times.   Finally,  I admitted, "I'd love to dance again with my husband."   Sounds trivial, but it wasn't to me.   "I'd love to spend more time focusing on me, instead of my sons and my husband. I love them dearly, but that seems to be my life.   "I'd love to create the most beautiful garden.  And advise other women who would love to do the same."   And I did.   My husband and I danced to our favorite songs from years and years ago.   I got out of the kitchen and out of the laundry room--making space for them to make their snacks, lunches and do their wash.   And, I invited friends and family, and my dear coach, Marisa, to come the next year to enjoy one of the most beautiful gardens in Connecticut.  I also had tools and practices  from Marisa that minimized the side effects of the chemotherapy.   She helped me make decisions about doctors and practitioners that came from my truth and not authorities.   She helped me from the very beginning step into a sense of well-being and confidence that my life would be wonderful regardless of the statistics and evidence.   Marisa is a healer.  

— Julianna Iorio (breast cancer) 
 
Marisa Harris asks questions that open doors that put us on the path of finding one’s essence.  She gives us the tools for a life of joy and healing. Through her coaching, adversity becomes a meaningful growth experience.  Her insights are profound.

– Regina Axelrod, Ph.D., Chairperson, Department of Political Science, Adelphi University (Breast Cancer)
 
Marisa’s wisdom, experience, compassion and warmth have played an enormous role in my ability deal with my health challenges and the accompanying fear.  She has also helped me identify some long-submerged themes that had kept me from fully experiencing the life I should be having.  Because of her counsel, I have made significant changes, dealing more positively with medical issues, ridding myself of toxic relationships and moving on in my creative life, as well.

– Phyllis Mulhado, Writer (Diagnosis squamous cell carcinoma and paraproteinanemia, a blood plasma disorder and pre-cursor to multiple myeloma)
Marisa’s wisdom, experience, compassion and warmth have played an enormous role in my ability deal with my health challenges and the accompanying fear.  She has also helped me identify some long-submerged themes that had kept me from fully experiencing the life I should be having.  Because of her counsel, I have made significant changes, dealing more positively with medical issues, ridding myself of toxic relationships and moving on in my creative life, as well.

– Paulette Crowther, 53 years old, former Associate Director of Communication & Public Affairs at Cardoza Law School, currently full time student Graduate School of Landscape Design, Columbia University (anal cancer)
Marisa Harris is a wonderful coach. She is highly skilled and knowledgeable professional who combines deep compassion and pragmatism in a unique and fun way to help her clients achieve tangible results. Marisa’s empathetic style and practical approach helped me to develop concrete plans and action steps to achieve my goals. She encouraged and inspired me to listen to my heart as well as my mind in developing my work/life plan.

Working with Marisa, I was able to dramatically improve challenging interpersonal relationships. Marisa helped me recognize my assumptions, reframe my thoughts and change my behavior so that I had much more productive conversations and positive relationships. Marisa practices what she teaches and has constantly inspired me in the coaching process. I highly recommend her to anyone who wants to work towards making significant and positive changes in their life.

– Laurie Weisman, Health Advisor, Pinnacle Care
Marisa has been the best mentor and an amazing source of inspiration for me through the Integrative coaching training and in my life. Her outstanding life coach skills and deep understanding of Debbie Ford’s shadow work helped me stand in integrity and embrace my highest self, with discipline.  Marisa is a beautiful soul who stands strong in the truth and beauty of life. Through her exceptional sense of clarity of the other, Marisa delivers hard questions with infinite compassion and love.  Get ready to use your pain for change and love to make it last!

– Josiane Bonté Apollon, LMHC, Licensed Psychotherapist
Marisa is a remarkable mentor who has shown me, by example, how every relationship and each encounter with another person is a unique opportunity to develop self-awareness and to become more loving and compassionate toward myself and others. Marisa’s insightful questions never fail to lead me to a deeper exploration and a more loving understanding of my humanity. Marisa is extraordinarily generous with her time and with sharing her wisdom, and I am blessed to have her support and guidance as I develop my own coaching skills.

– Catherine Hines
I recently completed a coaching course with Marisa. I am deeply grateful to her for her compassion, wisdom, guidance and unwavering support in my efforts to make sense of my situation and the diagnosis of Stage IV cancer. Working with Marisa allowed me to look at my life in a different way, to enhance my understanding of the circumstances and to implement the necessary changes. This resulted in a renewed and positive outlook on my life.

– Gisela Misch
Marisa opened up new pathways in my life and coached me onto them. I have begun to make choices from knowledge and faith rather than fear. I have opened up to others, knowing that acceptance of myself leads to acceptance of others. I now reach deeper into my spiritual self than I ever have before.

– Diane Saslow
Marisa Harris’ qualities as a coach and mentor were an inspiration to me as a coach in training. Her ability to listen deeply, create a safe space, ask powerful questions, and hold me accountable, guided me to enormous shifts in perspective and to find my own truth and answers from within. Marisa exemplifies many of the qualities I hope to embody as an Integrative Coach.

Marisa’s commitment to those she works with is profound and consistent. And she has a unique ability to hear both what is and is not being said. Marisa’s gentle demeanor creates a beautiful sacred space where this work can be done, but her unmistakable strength and guidance will lead you towards your most magnificent self.

– Kathy Hertz
Last fall, I was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer. I knew that healing would require more than chemotherapy or surgery. I also knew that I wanted to play a key role in healing myself.  By serendipity, I got Marisa's number and I called her right away. After my first conversation with her, I knew she was the right person to help me. Her wisdom, her insight, her knowledge, and her heart have made my journey a transformative experience.  Each session with her has helped me along the way. My work with her has helped my body tolerate chemotherapy in an incredible way and my scans and blood work results are excellent. But most of all, the tools she has given me have helped me become a much better and happier person. I am so blessed to have Marisa in my life. A lot of people experience a cancer diagnosis as one of the darkest times of their life. Marisa has helped me turn this diagnose into an amazing opportunity for personally growth. 

– Juliette Gimon
I have been coaching with Marisa for a few months now.  As a life coach myself, I believe we need to have the support and perspective for ourselves that we provide for others. Her Coaching has been nothing short of a miracle!  It's about becoming all you are meant to be, living a life of passion, purpose and impact.  Marisa has created the space for me to soar in my own personal life, seeing things that I was never able to see before.  I have learned that a completely positive, optimistic and faith based life can be a pathway to a creativity I never knew I had in me!  I am in the process of publishing a children's book that was never even a thought before coaching with Marisa.  Her sessions are filled with inspirational stories that relate to my life.  She has taught me to truly believe in myself and to think well of myself.  I am so much more conscious about my actions, committed to loving myself and others, no matter what the situation.  I see not only the lesson in all that the Universe puts into my pathway but the good in everything!  I know I will be a better coach for all of her wisdom and support as well as leading a much more positive life.  There is no need for negativity in my thinking any longer.  With the practices Marisa has provided me, I have so much more control over my thoughts now.  My inner peace has manifested in shedding pounds, stopping a life-long nasty habit of picking at the cuticles of my nails and creating new, positive clients in my own coaching practice.

–  Donna Lipman, Master Integrative Life Coach

I was referred to Marisa shortly after I learned my Stage 3 breast cancer had become Stage 4. And what a fortunate moment for me! Marisa is a profoundly gifted counselor and spiritual guide who has been my mentor for the past three years. Her authenticity, guidance and example have been key factors in my own healing, both physical and spiritual. She has been with me all the way, through my experiences with metastases to brain, liver, bones and lungs, through issues of pain and fatigue, depression and moments of hopelessness. Marisa has never "given up" on me, instead remaining unfaltering in her belief that I am exactly where I am supposed to be at this moment, and that every moment in our lives presents an opportunity for growth.

 

Through the use of instructive tapes, study programs, books, meditations, journaling and weekly discussions, Marisa has guided me on my journey to personal healing. She has shown me how to craft a future that reflects my unique personal vision and live into it now. Her message has always been one of faith, belief, authenticity and love, both self-love and gratitude for every moment of life. 

 

Her methods are gentle and unequivocal. She has never pushed me into any action, rather offered me many opportunities to experience life in new ways. I am now and will continue to be forever indebted to Marisa Harris for her guidance, insight, and unfailing faith and love.    


– Valerie Reeve
Marisa Harris shares with her clients her unique understanding of how best to cope with the shock of diagnosis, the rigors of treatment, and the existential challenge of living with cancer. A remarkable long-term survivor of pancreatic cancer, Marisa has honed her skills as a compassionate listener, counselor, and educator of cutting-edge cancer therapies. She gives cancer patients and their families a bounty of knowledge and empowerment. By her example, Marisa Harris is nothing less than a model of resilience and a harbinger of hope.

— Henry Dreher, Director of Cancer Consultation Services
Author of Your Defense Against Cancer, The Immune Power Personality and Mind-Body Unity: A New Vision for Mind-Body Science & Medicine

When one suddenly becomes a caretaker at a young age to an ill spouse with stage 4 pancreatic cancer, they are forced to spring into action and exude positivity and optimism for the spouse and the family. However this constant care and fight or flight mode that the caretaker finds themselves in can really deplete ones energy quickly. Being in this situation myself, I was grateful to find Marisa Harris. Being a long term cancer survivor herself, she really can relate to all aspects of these illnesses and how it becomes all encompassing for the caretaker, whose role is often overlooked. Marisa has helped tremendously with breaking down the caretaker role and shedding light on the importance of self care and nourishment for the person in this role. It has been an invaluable tool for myself and my family.

I am so fortunate to have been introduced to Marisa to focus on healing from incurable lung cancer that had spread to my lymph nodes.

Marisa's coaching led to not only a much more positive outlook but also great results and to my surprise and delight it also led me to discover and take steps in creating a new career that I am really excited about. Her coaching has also resulted in greatly improved relationships with family members.

Marisa is a wonderfully kind, fun person and an inspiration.