Lynda Merritt

LCSW

About Me

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.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Family conflicts
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
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 , Read more...

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

Years of Experience: 7

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LCSW #93654 (Expires: 2024-01-31)


Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Lynda Merritt . 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 by C.A. 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

Lynda has been excellent! Very helpful, kind, and positive! Helped me to see things from a better prospector

Written by S.H. on Jul 15, 2022 after therapy with Lynda for 9 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, and adhd

Thanks for being here

Written by D.E. on Jul 01, 2022 after therapy with Lynda for 1 year and 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and adhd

Always polite, empathetic and is helping me regain my trust for counseling.

Written by K.E. on Apr 25, 2022 after therapy with Lynda for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Super helpful and allows me to explore deeper thoughts. Lynda also is very welcoming and welcomed me with an open heart

Written by S.H. on Apr 06, 2022 after therapy with Lynda for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, compassion fatigue, and adhd

I love my weekly session with Lynda. Speaking to her on a weekly basis has help me with my anxiety and becoming a better communicator with my family.

Written by S.A. on Mar 25, 2022 after therapy with Lynda for 1 year and 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and trauma and abuse

Lynda is such a great therapist. She listens very well and works with you to create effective solutions. Her genuine kindness shines through and you can tell she truly cares about her work. The sessions never seem rushed and conversation always feels natural. I have seen several therapists throughout the years and Lynda has been the best one by far.

Written by J.E. on Mar 21, 2022 after therapy with Lynda for 1 year and 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

Lynda is caring person that loves her job. She is a professional and wants you to succeed. Lynda gives you different ways to handle certain situations. I was not completely comfortable with therapy, but Lynda made me feel at ease to discuss my issues. I’m glad I was paired with her. She’s the best.

Written by L.I. on Mar 15, 2022 after therapy with Lynda for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

She's great! She is empathetic and listens well. Everything i have always looked for in a therapist.

Written by K.R. on Mar 13, 2022 after therapy with Lynda for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and adhd

I like my therapist veryuch ,the short time she has helped me alot

Written by V.I. on Feb 26, 2022 after therapy with Lynda for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, and adhd

Lynda is wonderful. She is thoughtful and thought provoking (in a good way). Lynda gives praise where/when it is needed and offers suggestions when I’m at a crossroads or an impasse. I’m glad I found her on the BetterHelp app and will likely keep her when I start my new job (& get new insurance).

Written by M.A. on Feb 05, 2022 after therapy with Lynda for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, depression, self esteem, family conflicts, coping with life changes, trauma and abuse, adhd, career difficulties, sleeping disorders, bipolar disorder, and lgbt

My first experience with Better Help has been amazing being paired with therapist Lynda Merritt. She really respects my boundaries and recognizes my needs for each session. The best part of our sessions is that it feels like I’m sitting down with a girlfriend for a chat and not having an awkward conversation with a stranger.

Written by K.A. on Jan 20, 2022 after therapy with Lynda for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, addictions, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Lynda is so kind. She listens and helps me to understand the how’s what’s and why’s. She knows where I’m coming from and I thank God that she is came into my life and is here to help me find my way

Written by L.U. on Dec 11, 2021 after therapy with Lynda for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, compassion fati

Linda helped me feel comfortable in our first session together. She is listens very well and is very motivating.

Written by J.A. on Dec 02, 2021 after therapy with Lynda for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, eating disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and coaching

Love her! She has been the biggest blessing in my life! I’m very thankful

Written by I.M. on Nov 30, 2021 after therapy with Lynda for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, and trauma and abuse

My first session with Lynda was very warm and safe. She made me feel heard and respected. I'm looking forward to more sessions :)

Written by C.H. on Nov 21, 2021 after therapy with Lynda for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Shes a wonderful therapist and person and it's always a pleasure talking to her. I love the breakdown of the why we do what we do, the methods explained for overcoming these things and sharing experiences in our life. It really feels like they're a friend that I go way back with.

Written by J.A. on Nov 20, 2021 after therapy with Lynda for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, and compassion fatigue

Lynda is awesome. Thank you

Written by A.N. on Nov 16, 2021 after therapy with Lynda for 2 weeks

Lynda is great and very knowledgeable. I would strongly recommend her and her expertise.

Written by R.H. on Oct 30, 2021 after therapy with Lynda for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, coaching, and adhd

I love better help. I was having a bad day and decided to sign up, I thought it was very dramatic of me but after talking with my therapist I realized everyone needs a therapist. You’re not crazy for going to therapy, sometimes we need a non judgmental stranger to listen

Written by C.H. on Oct 29, 2021 after therapy with Lynda for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Keep up the good work ✌️

Written by J.O. on Oct 26, 2021 after therapy with Lynda for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd

Lynda has been wonderful. They connected very well with me. I never felt judged or ashamed, they make you feel very safe when you’re talking with them. I highly recommend them to anyone seeking help!

Written by J.E. on Aug 29, 2021 after therapy with Lynda for 4 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, sleeping disorders, career difficulties, and coaching

I’m only on my second meeting with Lynda but she gets me, I don’t know how an app matched me with this Angel of a person but I’m so glad they did! She is helpful, wise, and understanding. I appreciate everything she’s done in just a few sessions.

Written by M.O. on Aug 28, 2021 after therapy with Lynda for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and adhd

Absolutely wonderful. Great communicator and always a relief to talk to.

Written by M.I. on Aug 14, 2021 after therapy with Lynda for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and adhd

She’s amazing, a great listener and responder.

Written by H.E. on Jul 21, 2021 after therapy with Lynda for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

Lynda, has been such a joy to find. She has truly added such a relief. I appreciate how genuine and helpful she has been through out the process.

Written by D.E. on Jun 08, 2021 after therapy with Lynda for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

I am so blessed and grateful to have crossed paths with Miss Lynda at a time in my life where I was feeling a little lost and needed extra support. Lynda is kind and compassionate, and most of all, she made me feel seen and heard. She helped me through a difficult transition period in my life and gave me the tools I needed to overcome my anxiety when I needed it the most. Lynda truly cares about the well-being of her clients, and every session felt like I was talking to a good friend over coffee. Thank you, Lynda, for everything -- the laughs and the meaningful conversations will always hold a special place in my heart! You're the best!

Written by M.A. on May 31, 2021 after therapy with Lynda for 5 months on issues concerning addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, and self esteem

Lynda is compassionate, funny and very insightful. So far she has helped me view myself and my life situations in a more gentle, positive way. I'm very grateful for Lynda's support and professional expertise!

Written by R.O. on Apr 29, 2021 after therapy with Lynda for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, and self esteem

So lucky to have connected with Lynda. Through my struggles, she has listened to me and is there to provide lots of love and support. I'm thankful to have met her. Lynda is a wonderful counselor who will not only ask you questions but will have meaningful conversations with you.

Written by A.A. on Apr 27, 2021 after therapy with Lynda for 4 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, self esteem, compassion fatigue, and adhd

I have only been working with Lynda for a short time but her positive attitude makes my week better! She listens to me without judgement and is extremely understanding and supportive. She has provided me with many resources to deal with my struggles and actionable solutions.

Written by L.E. on Apr 17, 2021 after therapy with Lynda for 2 days on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, and sleeping disorders

I am so pleased and satisfied with how far Lynda and I got in our first session!! It is extremely difficult to touch basis on so many things that are affecting a person's life but Lynda was able to pick out what was truly underneath the roots of MY personal issues and experiences. I am more than thankful for her. I do not know how to express my gratitude for her. At the end of our session, she let me know right away what she had available next and I re-scheduled. Her listening, provided resources, and engagement speaks for itself! I felt like she was someone I have known for a long time because she could RELATE to what I was saying and she gave honest, genuine feedback! I hope I can keep her for as ling as I need. Thank you Better Help for sending me Lynda Merrit. Every counselor will not be for every person, I understand but I feel like Lynda is for ME!

Written by J.U. on Apr 16, 2021 after therapy with Lynda for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and trauma and abuse

Lynda doesn't judge no matter the circumstances and does an incredible job helping me feel comfortable to talk about things that are so hard to talk about otherwise. She is patient, doesn't rush and is so relatable. She will empathize with my struggles and even share stories about herself to help me open up better. She provides a safe space to say what I want without feeling awkward about it. To put it simply, she loves what shes doing and doesn't let the distinction between therapist and client from getting in the way; in fact, she prefers to refer to us as her partners and that we're on this journey together, which just makes everything that much easier to deal with.

Written by S.T. on Mar 17, 2021 after therapy with Lynda for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

I am so blessed that I was paired with Lynda. Lynda is a therapist that truly wants to help those she comes in contact with. She is very warm and kind as well as easy to talk to. I look forward touch our sessions and I have already seen so much progress dealing with my situation.

Written by T.O. on Mar 16, 2021 after therapy with Lynda for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Lynda has provided such an open line of communication. She gave me such grounded feedback about where some of my insecurities were coming from and validated how I was feeling about my life while making sure I uplifted myself.

Written by O.L. on Feb 16, 2021 after therapy with Lynda for 2 weeks on issues concerning family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and career difficulties

Lynda is an amazing listener and is very warm and kind. I look forward to meeting with her when we have a session scheduled

Written by N.O. on Jan 21, 2021 after therapy with Lynda for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, and career difficulties

Lynda is fantastic! She is really nice, helpful and knows her stuff! I’m very happy I got paired with her

Written by C.H. on Jan 13, 2021 after therapy with Lynda for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Lynda is a very kind and understanding individual. When I was in a place of uncertainty, she was there to guide me to a better state of mind. She understood my needs and allowed me to talk about everything that was happening in my life. I am grateful for a person like her to be a sign of hope for the people struggling. Thanks so much!

Written by M.A. on Jan 01, 2021 after therapy with Lynda for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

Lynda is an enlightening and incredibly experienced counselor. Within my first two appointments I felt more energetic and generally happier in my everyday life. I couldn't have done it without her help.

Written by C.H. on Dec 30, 2020 after therapy with Lynda for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, eating disorders, self esteem, and anger management

Lynda is a great counselor and we made a lot of progress within even our first session. I would highly recommend her for those suffering with relationship problems.

Written by S.A. on Dec 19, 2020 after therapy with Lynda for 2 weeks on issues concerning addictions

First time I actually felt better after speaking to someone. Lynda is an angel doing the work she is clearly intended to do. She is an inspiration and proof that you can make the world a better place by knowing and loving yourself.

Written by S.H. on Dec 18, 2020 after therapy with Lynda for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Lynda is super down to earth and easy to talk to. She’s upbeat and positive and has a great smile.

Written by D.. on Dec 17, 2020 after therapy with Lynda for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, coaching, and adhd

LYNDA IS THE BEST!

Written by D.O. on Dec 15, 2020 after therapy with Lynda for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, anger management, and adhd

Linda is absolutely wonderful. This is my first therapy experience, and I came in extremely skeptical. Linda listened to me and understood all of my concerns. She was vary caring and listened to everything I had to say, then offered me goals and suggestions that I could work on. I never thought less than a month later, I’d feel like there was a giant weight lifted from me. I will always carry these issues, but I feel I am so much better equipped and have so much more confidence to deal with them moving forward. I would recommend Lynda to everyone I know who feels like they need some help. Thank you so much, Lynda. I feel hopeful for the first time in a long time.

Written by A.N. on Dec 13, 2020 after therapy with Lynda for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and compassion fatigue

From the get go, Lynda was able to give me support and confidence in her ability to help me. Her approach is exactly what I've been looking for.

Written by D.A. on Dec 07, 2020 after therapy with Lynda for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, and coping with life changes

She's amazing and very supportive. Very good at listening and makes therapy feel like we are just talking over coffee. Lynda provides many resources other than herself and that is also helpful. Keep up the good work. :)

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