I am Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) Therapist licensed in California. I have been working with children, families, and individuals for over 15 years. Over the past 9 years I have been providing therapy for children, families and individuals whom have challenges with mental health barriers. I have worked as a Crisis Responder in the community, hospital, and Law Enforcement settings providing training and coaching strategies on how to respond to mental health using a non-judgmental approach. My goal is to empower through therapeutic and biblical principals that instills, empowers and support our unique voice and choice as well as maintain safety and sense of wellness. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems. I also helped many people who have experienced physical trauma, sexual and emotional abuse and grief and loss.
My counseling style is motivated by engaging persons in a non-judgmental manner, creating a sense of value, respectful, , compassion, and being transparent. My therapeutic approach combines Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma Focus Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy TF (CBT), Motivation Interviewing, Mindfulness, Grief and Loss, Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Solution Focused Therapy. My goal is to empower those that are seeking to work in partnership to improve there levels of functioning.
My desire is to empower through acknowledgement, validating, and understanding, I believe through commitment and partnership you will be able to gain a better, safer control over your life.
Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Relationship issues, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Attachment Issues, Blended Family Issues, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Dependent Personality, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Emptiness, Family Problems, First Responder Issues, Forgiveness, Impulsivity, Isolation / Loneliness, Midlife Crisis, Mood Disorders, Post-traumatic Stress, Self-Harm, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
CA LCSW 93654
Lynda is a very amazing therapist. I could go on forever about how she is thenperfect fit for me. She listens, she makes recommendations, she holds me accountable and most of all she is down to earth and genuinely cares. Aside from the fact that she knows what she is talking about and is extremely knowledgeable about everything she is an amazing, kind and genuine person.
Written on Sep 24, 2022 after therapy with Lynda for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, self esteem, anger management, and coaching
As always, I keep calling Lynda “Dr. Merritt”, but that’s probably cause of her professionalism. She listens and supports me. I have appreciated her insite and techniques helping with my anxiety. I had an episode a few weeks ago and she made herself available to talk me down from my attack. Sometimes serious and somber; sometimes lighthearted and jovial. I appreciate her having human emotions. I’ve had other therapists who were flat and monotone.
Written on Sep 18, 2022 after therapy with Lynda for 8 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, and adhd
After more experience together, AND I prefer NOT to be forced to give a premature review.
She is OUTSTANDING. That much is 100% clear. SEE my answers to questions.
Written on Sep 04, 2022 after therapy with Lynda for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue
Lynda was absolutely amazing! She really listened and made me feel comfortable. She definitely knows what she is doing and is easy to talk to. I am grateful to have her as my therapist.
Written on Aug 26, 2022 after therapy with Lynda for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem
Lynda has been excellent! Very helpful, kind, and positive! Helped me to see things from a better prospector
Written on Aug 04, 2022 after therapy with Lynda for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and anger management
Thanks for being here
Written on Jul 15, 2022 after therapy with Lynda for 9 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, and adhd