LaVerne Merritt-Morrison

Therapist LaVerne Merritt-Morrison Photo

About Me

I have earned my B.S. in Human Services/Counseling. I graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University, with my master’s degree in clinical counseling with a major in Addiction Counseling, May 2004. In September 2006 I was grandfather in as a New York State, License Mental Health Counselor. On 3/31/16, I was grandfather in as a Master Addiction Counselor from the National Certification Commission for Addiction Counselor. I have 20 years’ experience of substances use therapy, 15 years’ experience with individuals with dual diagnosis, 5 years’ experience working in transitional housing with individuals with chronic medical conditions.

I am a Credential Alcoholism Substance Abuse Counselor. I attended Narco Freedom Institute for my 60-hour Compulsive Gambling Training, and I received my Specialty in Gambling Designation. I have obtained not only a theoretical base to go along with my practical knowledge of human behavior, but also, I have developed the skills necessary to help others to empower themselves. My approach to therapy is motivational interviewing along with cognitive behavioral therapy, most importantly I use a client-centered approach to meet the client where they are.

I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
Maya Angelou


  • Addictions
  • LGBT
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Anger management
  • Self esteem
Also experienced in:
Stress, Anxiety , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Intimacy-related issues , Parenting issues , Career difficulties , Depression , Coping with life changes , Abandonment , Antisocial Personality , Co-morbidity , Codependency , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing

Years of Experience: 20

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


LMHC #003287-1 (Expires: 2023-09-30)


Written by S.T. on Dec 06, 2021 after therapy with LaVerne for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

LaVerne was responsive to my needs and let me explain upfront what I wanted to achieve through therapy. She is a good listener and very friendly. LaVerne gave me exercises to complete between sessions which allowed me to apply cognitive based therapy in my own experiences.

Written by H.A. on Dec 01, 2021 after therapy with LaVerne for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, depression, self esteem, relationship issues, family conflicts, coping with life changes, trauma and abuse, adhd, anger management, intimacy-related issues, career difficulties, sleeping disorders, and addictions

She is really good listener and offer constructive feedback for your issues

Written by R.I. on Nov 25, 2021 after therapy with LaVerne for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and self esteem

Empathetic and positive.

Written by T.E. on Nov 09, 2021 after therapy with LaVerne for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, depression, self esteem, relationship issues, and coping with life changes

She is very attentive and listens well and has resources in terms of panic attacks