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Dawn Merrigan, LPC

Stress, Anxiety Addictions Trauma and abuse Grief Compassion fatigue
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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

Professional experience

25yrs in practice

Additional areas of focus: 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, Guilt and Shame, Impulsivity, Military and Veterans Issues, Multicultural Concerns, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues

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

License information

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.

Helps us reframe and realign in a healthy and respectful way. Knows how to access resources that most don't known exists. Insightful guidance.

Written on Feb 06, 2023 after therapy with Dawn for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

I have been working with Dawn for over a year now. She has been incredibly helpful for me, and I feel lucky we were matched. She is an excellent listener, always gives great and thought provoking advice, and knows how to ask the right questions. She was gentle with me when I needed but was also able to push me (or nudge at times) to the places I needed to go.
She was great with checking in at the end of sessions to ensure I felt we were moving in the right direction and I was getting the kind of guidance I was seeking. She shared many different resources with me and I loved that she gave me work to do in between sessions so I could feel I was taking a more proactive step towards bettering my mental health. I would recommend her to anyone and everyone as an excellent therapist.

Written on Jan 25, 2023 after therapy with Dawn for 10 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

I began speaking with Dawn after selling my house, and crossing the country with my furry family, in search of our next adventure and new home. Leaving behind my friends and family, in the city I was born and raised in, was exciting but overwhelming. It was the beginning of a beautiful transformation of depth and growth, with Dawn’s guidance I was able to identify lifelong patterns and ways to care for myself in the way that I deserve. Her insights (and book recommendations!!) were so profound and enlightening. I cant say enough about this incredible professional. I truly believe that she was exactly who i needed at this moment in my life. I will forever be grateful to her and hope to continue to work with her in the future!! Thank you Dawn:)

Written on Jan 12, 2023 after therapy with Dawn for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, parenting issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, and adhd

Dawn is kind, insightful, and supportive. I enjoyed talking with her and felt comfortable being vulnerable in our sessions to get the help I needed.

Written on Jan 09, 2023 after therapy with Dawn for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, self esteem, and adhd

Dawn has a calming energy and has helped me process my anxiety without making me feel judged.

Written on Dec 20, 2022 after therapy with Dawn for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, anger management, bipolar disorder, and coping with life changes

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 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