Hi there! My name is Meridith Starling and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Registered Play Therapist. I graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Social Work with a Master of Science in Social Work in 2004 in which I majored in clinical social work and counseling. In 2015 I completed my Educational Specialist Degree (EdS) from the University of Mississippi where I studied Play Therapy. I am licensed in both Ohio and Tennessee, and I have 15 years of experience working with children, families, and adults in a variety of settings. Whether I was sitting along side a parent as their child was diagnosed with cancer, or in my private practice with a family struggling with grief/loss, divorce, ADHD, identity issues, or any other life stressor, I treat all of my clients with The Golden Rule. What I have found to be the most helpful along the counseling journey is the relationship and comfort one feels with their therapist. I am a person-centered therapist meaning that I meet each client where they are at, I am non-judgmental and accepting and offer a warm and supportive environment. My goal is to provide support, ideas, and insight to assist all of my clients on their goals and journey to feeling better. I often pull from a Cognitive Behavioral and Strength Based approach to further help clients along their counseling journey. No one should feel alone in facing life's challenges. I am here to help, and look forward to meeting you!
My specialties include:
Stress and Anxiety
Grief & Loss
Navigating a new/or chronic medical diagnosis
Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Depression, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, Blended Family Issues, Cancer, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Divorce and Separation, Family Problems, First Responder Issues, Forgiveness, Impulsivity, Intellectual Disability, Isolation / Loneliness, Mood Disorders, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
TN LCSW 6292
Even though I’ve only had a couple sessions with Meridith, I feel very understood. She always knows what I’m trying to express and always has helpful and practical recommendations. She is very easy to talk to and replies to messages in a really timely manner. I have only positive things to say about my experience!
Written on May 20, 2020 after therapy with Meridith for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, eating disorders, and adhd
Meridith is great!! She understands where I'm coming from and gives me advice on how to handle every situation possible!! When I talk to her she can relate well and tell me what she did to resolve the problem.
Written on May 15, 2020 after therapy with Meridith for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, parenting issues, self esteem, and anger management