About Me

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) through the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors. I am a Level-III Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor for the State of Oregon (CADC-III) and a Certified Recovery Mentor (CRM).. I have worked for many years as both a counselor and as a clinical supervisor/director providing services to those who are striving toward productive, meaningful lives and I am dedicated to the therapeutic process as it applies to individuals, their families and their communities. I believe it is important to have and to show empathy, care and genuineness and to help people in their personal journey of exploration. My philosophical approach is in line with person centered therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and solution focused brief therapy.

I have extensive training and experience working effectively with co-occurring disorders, substance use disorders, and suicide intervention; internet and digital technology related use problems, grief and loss, gender specific issues, identity issues, cognitive restructuring, trauma, equine therapy, and cultural diversity. My goal is to be of service. I believe myself to be intuitive and realistic in my approach with people. I am a motivator and natural teacher who is solution oriented and able to help others to draw on their own strengths, abilities and resources when facing life and the challenges within it.

I look forward to working with you.

Dawn Merrigan, MA, LPC, CADC-III, CRM


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Grief
  • Compassion fatigue
Also experienced in:
Abandonment , Codependency , Control Issues , Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster , Dependent Personality , Drug and Alcohol Addiction , Eating and Food-Related Issues , Family of Origin Issues , Forgiveness , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Somatic Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 25

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


OR LPC C4145


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Dawn Merrigan. We don’t pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Written on Nov 29, 2022 after therapy with Dawn for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, grief, self esteem, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

I’ve done therapy for a number of years with different therapists, and I’ve connect with two. One in Seattle and the other being Dawn. We’ve dove into my situation head on and have discussed different situations and ways to speak kindly and firmly to others and to myself. She has been so nurturing in her practice and has made me feel safe throughout our sessions.

Written on Nov 23, 2022 after therapy with Dawn for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and coping with life changes

Dawn has been an incredible help as work through and process things. She has great insights and advice.

Written on Sep 14, 2022 after therapy with Dawn for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd

I want to use this opportunity and thank you forever always been there for me ..and for always helping me whenever I need you …I really appreciate your work and I also Appreciate all the advice You have giving me …you are the best therapist I have ever know …thanks for understanding me and thanks for hearing me out and also thanks for been there for me …I really really appreciate that …nice working with you …thanks very much

Written on Apr 19, 2022 after therapy with Dawn for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, and adhd

Dawn is caring and kind. She help me see things from a broader view and I appreciate her so much!

Work with me!