Sometimes in the journey of life we could all benefit from someone to journey with us during the difficult times.
My name is Merissa and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I have over seven years experience in counseling as well as advocacy, mental health and substance abuse treatment experience. I specialize in empowering individuals that may be struggling with depression, anxiety, self-esteem, or relationship issues. My main therapeutic approach includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as I believe there is so much power in learning how thoughts influence behavior and emotion and then changing those negative patterns. I also incorporate holistic counseling and solution based therapy among other treatment approaches and tailor my approach to your needs. I am empathetic, non-judgmental and very passionate about the work I do and enjoy being able to help others heal, grow and achieve their goals.
I am excited about beginning this journey with you!
- Stress, Anxiety
- Relationship issues
- Self esteem
- Career difficulties
- Coping with life changes
I also have experience in Addictions, LGBT, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Parenting issues, Anger management, Depression, Compassion fatigue
LCSW #149.019250 (Expires: 2021-11-01)
From day one of signing up to talk to Merissa, I felt this level of comfortability and relief! She provides great insight, solutions, and a fresh perspective on how to manage my stress and life issues. I took some time away from BetterHelp for a few months and when I logged back into my account to check in with Merissa, we picked back up as if I never left. She never judged me or made me feel bad for not keeping up with scheduling routine sessions. She's truly amazing and people say everything happens for a reason, well having Merissa as my therapist has definitely and truly been a blessing.
Merissa is really nice and easy to talk to. Straightforward but in a comforting way. I’ve never been to a therapist and I had my own perceptions about it. And feared it would like talking to someone cold and unapproachable. I was so pleased that, that wasn’t the case at all! I don’t know how I would’ve managed without her and she’s truly changed my outlook on things even in the short time of our sessions.
Thank you so much.
Merissa is a great listener and had useful suggestions for my issues. I would definitely recommend her to others looking for someone to talk to.
Merissa helped me through one of the hardest times in my life. I am so grateful for everything you did for me. You listened to me and the intricacies and specifics in my needs and that's exactly what I needed. Your realness and honesty helped me to realize how far I had come already and where I could go eventually. Thank you a million times over.
I love having Merissa as a counselor. She understands my needs and always knows what to say to have you really think in the moment about what is going on. She is keeping me ‘on track’ with my life and it really has helped my mental health. Whether it’s an anxiety issue, or that I just simply need to vent, Merissa is always there and answers in a timely manner. Being so busy, this is a great way for me to deal with my mental health, rather than having to schedule another appointment. Thanks, Merissa!
Merissa has been very kind and supportive. In a very short time she has been able to guide me to valuable insights that helped immensely.
Melissa is very understanding and helpful and I enjoy my sessions with her and feel like she really listens and understands me
I always feel better after taking to Merissa because she has a kind demeanour and makes it easy to talk and get things off my chest.
I have had a few different counseling sessions with different councillors and found that I have by far made the most progress with Merissa.
Merissa has been an amazing therapist! I highly recommend her!
Merissa has offered me support, understanding and patience in some of the darkest points of my life. She was kind when I was anxious, calm in my anger, and stern when I needed it. She answered my millions of questions and endless messages. I strongly recommend Merissa to anyone. I am forever grateful for the life lessons learned from her.
Merissa is understanding and firm when it comes to offering helpful suggestions to improve my thinking. I appreciate her kindness and professionalism so much.
Merissa is a very thoughtful, kind, calming and compassionate person. Sessions with her allow me to come out with insights and clarity that I lacked before. Thank you for the amazing work that you are doing!
She came at the perfect time in my life. I was in a tough place but most importantly I didn’t know what my issues were or how to address them. But the insight and compassion and kindness that Merissa gave me was so powerful:) I will live everyday thinking of what she taught me about myself and my anxiety. Thank you, Merissa!
Merissa is great! I have learned a lot and look forward to our sessions. She is honest and keeps me grounded.
She's very attentive, respectful, takes great notes, and I feel like she genuinely cares about me as a person.
I would highly recommend Merissa to others. In the short time that I have been in contact with her, she has been very attentive and asks great questions. Her advice is very helpful and she really shows that she cares.
Merissa is patient and helped me to tear apart the issues that were causing me stress. She asked good questions that helped me get to the root of the issue.
I would strongly recommend Merissa to others. I am totally confident with her expertise and her wisdom as a counselor. She let me felt completely understood that even most people who are close to me don't. Her advice is very helpful and is a very caring person.
She is very understanding, supportive, and really listens even if you are only chatting. She replies in a timely manner and before we started talking, she told me when she is available and when not so that I didn't think she was ignoring me in anyway.
Merissa is a great counselor. She makes you feel comfortable talking about everything and she is always ready to help. Despite the time difference she always tries to reply quickly and she gives me a lot of advices to face my daily problems. I’m really grateful to her.
Kind and always listens. Has been a great help so far. Thank you.
Marissa is a wonderful counsellor. I looked forward to writing and hearing from her and she really helps me bring my problems to the surface. I always feel better and feel I am able to make more sense of what I’m going through with the help of Merissa.
I'm very much at the beginning of my journey with Merissa, but in a short time, she has made a very positive impact on my feelings. Her approach is friendly, professional and non-judgemental. This is my first time having counseling and frankly, it is such a healthy, positive experience that I would recommend to anyone who feels that they have lost their way, in life or otherwise. I can't thank you enough.
Merissa is a very kind and empathetic person. She has been a great help to me thus far and I feel she is quite knowledgeable. She responds to me daily in a timely fashion and always very professional.
Merissa is lovely. She is very helpful with her advice and I can tell she is always thinking about my needs and feelings when she replies. She is also very patient and let’s me process things in my own time.
Merissa is very professional and understanding. She takes them to ask for clarifications when needed and frames questions in a thought provoking manner. Merissa is sensitive to cultural differences and takes the time to understand them before offering suggestions. All in all, Merissa was very helpful in organizing my thoughts to manage my anxiety and depression.
Merissa has helped me to feel very validated and to think about new ways to support myself. I really appreciate her help so far! I'm looking forward to continuing my work with her!
Merissa is respectful and caring. She understands what my concerns are and is great in asking the right questions -- and answering them provides a deep relief. My quality of life increased sufficiently, thanks Merissa!
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time so far with Merissa, she understands my situation very well, and is always there to help untangle my web.
She helped me understand the path that I have to take, she didn't just feed me the answers to my problems we figured them out together. Amazing person!
I personally struggle with social anxiety and general anxiety and also low self esteem. I really like my counselor, she gave me some really great advices i am thankful for. She responds quickly and I would recommend her.
It’s never comfortable talking to a complete stranger about your problems but Merissa made it easy. She’s nice, understanding and caring. I am thankful that I got matched with her.