About me

Hello! I am Maiah Merino and I am a licensed mental health counselor. I was trained as a Family Systems Therapist, meaning, I acknowledge the familial stories that were passed down and look at how those may be shaping your current narrative. I am Person-Centered, listening and following your lead as we develop goals and practices together that support your Counseling experience. I also utilize Creative Arts, Mindfulness, Narrative (stories and writing), Solution-focused, along with reflection to add support in a variety of ways for those I work with.

I have worked with many people who have experienced trauma physically, sexually, and mentally. And because of this my training with early childhood is shared with Adults in regards to issues of Attachment and Intimacy in relationships. I have also supported people with depression, anxiety, PTSD, grief & loss, parenting issues, life transitions and building greater self-esteem and confidence.

If you choose to work with me, our work will be interactive, creative, engaged and warm. Your healing path is unique and I look forward to supporting you in the ways that work for you! Congratulations on taking this first step!!!


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Parenting issues
  • Self esteem
  • Coping with life changes
  • Compassion fatigue
Also experienced in:
LGBT , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Anger management , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Depression , Coaching , ADHD , Attachment Issues , Caregiver Issues and Stress , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 20

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

WA LMHC LH 60164735


Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Maiah Merino. 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 27, 2022 after therapy with Maiah for 1 year and 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and coping with life changes

I have been in counseling with Maiah for over a year. Maiah listens and acknowledges my perspective. She challenges me to think deeply and encourages me to be honest with myself. She understands grief and its complex facets. She has guided me through this last year following my mother’s passing by giving me tools and profoundly supportive practices that have helped me process and embrace all the difficult feelings.
Maiah is truly professional and compassionate. She’s also so wise and challenges me to view my experiences in ways that help me better understand how to navigate the challenges in a safe space. Maiah encourages me to embrace my culture which has nurtured my connection with my ancestors and my mama.

I would highly recommend Maiah as a therapist - especially for anyone coping with grief or loss as she is so very skilled, supportive and knowledgeable.

Written on Oct 05, 2022 after therapy with Maiah for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and compa

She is very thorough and soft spoken which I like I have PTSD so it really helps

Written on Sep 14, 2022 after therapy with Maiah for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, self esteem, and compassion fatigue

I started therapy with Maiah as my therapist in June and even though it's only September, Maiah has helped me immensely process my thoughts and emotions I have about myself. Maiah is a really attentive and knowledgeable therapist to have! Definitely recommend her!

Written on Apr 23, 2022 after therapy with Maiah for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, grief, intimacy-related issues, and coping with life changes

Maiah is a very kind and listening therapist. Her approach of working with patients to find things that we aren't able to see in ourselves, and helping to understand why things may have worked before but now they are no longer serving to better us. She helped explain some of my 'stuff' back to me in a way that I could understand but it came across as genuine, kind, non threatening, andnon judging.

I really enjoy Maiah's approach, as well as just as a person. I think Maiah would work really well with most people..

Written on Feb 25, 2022 after therapy with Maiah for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, depression, and relationship issues

Maiah has done a great job at listening and giving me some tools to navigate my personal challenges.

Written on Feb 22, 2022 after therapy with Maiah for 2 months on issues concerning addictions

Maiah is wonderful. She is a great listener. She has the ability to get me talking about things I have buried in the past and offers solutions to help cope with the issues. I've also have a couple situations that kept me from using our scheduled session via video or phone and she has quickly come up with solutions. The chat feature was a solution I utilized one time .

Written on Jan 11, 2022 after therapy with Maiah for 3 years and 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and bipolar disorder

Maiah is extremely helpful and understanding. I have been working with her for years and have found her to be professional, compassionate, and extremely competent.

Written on Jul 25, 2021 after therapy with Maiah for 2 years and 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and coping with life changes

Maiah is a wonderful listener. I finally feel heard. She leaves enough silent space to finish your thought and the resources and tools she has to understand and move forward are SO helpful. I love how she writes down the big things we talked about on the board. To read them back to myself after the convoys had, is another eye opening thing for me. It helps me hear what I said out loud and digest it.
Very thankful for this match!

Written on Jan 14, 2021 after therapy with Maiah for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

I decided to give the Better Help app a shot when I was struggling to pull myself out of depression. Maiah was the first (and only counselor I used) assigned to me when I started. We did weekly sessions because at first I really needed them. She helped coach me in places I never knew I needed help in. She brought to light a few different areas I needed just some coaching on and I was able to get back to my normal self, but even with a stronger voice than I had before. I really appreciated having her as my counselor and my ear. She is very kind, very understanding, she truly is amazing. Thank you Maiah for bringing out the stronger me and helping me kick depressions butt!

Written on Aug 14, 2020 after therapy with Maiah for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Maiah is so great! She really listens and waits for you to finish talking/venting and by doing so, it ensures that she really is trying to understand you and help. Very positive and helpful!!!

Written on May 07, 2020 after therapy with Maiah for 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, and adhd

Mariah is amazing, and understanding, she’s easy to talk too and, has helped me with many different challenges.

Written on Mar 12, 2020 after therapy with Maiah for 2 weeks

I started my sessions with Maiah a few weeks ago and I’m honestly so glad she’s my counselor. I look forward to our talks each week because I know I will always get sound advice from her. I know she will always give me what I need to hear.
Thank you for your guidance and support.

Written on Feb 05, 2020 after therapy with Maiah for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and adhd

Maiah has been wonderful! She listens to understand. She communicates clearly. I appreciate how warm and welcoming she is. I feel very comfortable being open, honest, and vulnerable with her.

Written on Dec 14, 2019 after therapy with Maiah for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and career difficulties

She was super sweet and caring and gave me a ton of really great tips. Super great to work with.

Written on Jul 30, 2019 after therapy with Maiah for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, compassion fatigue, and adhd

She is very kind, understanding, supportive, and easy to talk to. I feel very comfortable opening up to her, and confident I can trust her. She provides excellent guidance on my self-improvement journey, as well!

Written on Jul 29, 2019 after therapy with Maiah for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, self esteem, and bipolar disorder

Maiah has been very helpful. She makes me feel understood and listens to everything I have to say. She’s always giving me advice on how to help with anxiety.

Written on Jul 16, 2019 after therapy with Maiah for 5 months on issues concerning self esteem

Maiah has helped me tremendously with my journey through life. I highly recommend her expertise and compassion.

Written on Jul 05, 2019 after therapy with Maiah for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, and coping with life changes

Maiah is extremely empathetic and provides tangible tools to assist with meeting your personal goals and wellness.

Written on May 30, 2019 after therapy with Maiah for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

I really enjoy talking with her. She makes me feel at ease. And I feel validated and and that my points of view matter. I love that she always asked if she is helping. And if there anything else she can do to help. I just really love that she is always checking in with me!

Written on Mar 21, 2019 after therapy with Maiah for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Maiah has been an amazing help to me as I begin my journey to mental wellness. Her strategies for dealing with anxiety and depression are very practical. She listens, and helps me form conclusions on my own. I am so grateful that we were matched!

Written on Feb 25, 2019 after therapy with Maiah for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, career difficulties, and coaching

Mariah has been so incredibly helpful. I'm not one to share too much and as a result have been bottling up emotions for a very long time. Mariah listens, gives me things to think about and tools to help me get through very difficult mind conversations that can swirl out of control. With Mariah, I feel comfortable and that she cares.

Written on Feb 01, 2019 after therapy with Maiah for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and self esteem

Really nice! Cares about you and provides a lot of resources

Written on Dec 24, 2018 after therapy with Maiah for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, and career difficulties

Maiah's expertise is exactly what I have needed. She offers insightfulness and has opened my eyes to more realistic ways to manage my anxiety. She is the reason that I'm able to see anxiety as a part of me that CAN be explored, analyzed, and polished in a way that it is less debilitating. Working with Maiah has allowed me to accept that anxiety may be something I am prone and may not necessarily go away completely, but it doesn't have to break me or control me. I will always recommend her and the series of Betterhelp. This app saved me from suffering since it allows more flexibility! Thank you!

Written on Dec 17, 2018 after therapy with Maiah for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, self esteem, and anger management

Maiah is very personable and outgoing and is very easy to open up to. She generally empowers me and gives a great outsider's perspective.

Written on Nov 13, 2018 after therapy with Maiah for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and bipolar disorder

Maiah has been a wonderful and calming counselor. She is an active listener who understands how to guide you to find your own answers. I struggle with bipolar disorder and was very specific on how educated I wanted my counselor to be and she surpassed my expectations very quickly. I highly, highly recommend Maiah.

Written on Oct 08, 2018 after therapy with Maiah for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

Maiah is very calming and respectful and helpful. She is always able to work around different time schedules and encourages. She seems to genuinely take interest in me and my progress.

Written on Sep 11, 2018 after therapy with Maiah for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, sleeping, and self esteem

Maiah is easy to connect with and great at reminding you to be gentle and caring with yourself. I was impressed by how quickly she helped me identify and name some of my struggles so that we could begin to address them. Her manner is professional and warm. I've been very fortunate to have her as a counselor.

Written on Sep 01, 2018 after therapy with Maiah for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related, eating, sleeping, self esteem, anger, career, and bipolar

Maiah is someone who understands the process but she always helps me through anything. She's very responsive and our communication is the best! I'm really glad I found her. I look at things differently and she helps me look at things from different points of views in order to address my problems correctly. I'm thankful for her!

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