Merissa Pryor

(LCSW)

About Me

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, mood disorders 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!


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Self esteem
  • Career difficulties
  • Depression

I also have experience in Addictions, LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Parenting issues, Anger management

Years of Experience: 7

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LCSW #149.019250 (Expires: 2019-11-30)


Reviews

Written by C.H. on Jul 01, 2019 after counseling with Merissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, career difficulties, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd

She's very attentive, respectful, takes great notes, and I feel like she genuinely cares about me as a person.

Written by N.I. on Jun 28, 2019 after counseling with Merissa for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

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.

Written by A.V. on Jun 20, 2019 after counseling with Merissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, and career difficulties

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.

Written by J.O. on Jun 10, 2019 after counseling with Merissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and coaching

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.

Written by A.S. on Jun 01, 2019 after counseling with Merissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and adhd

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.

Written by G.I. on May 31, 2019 after counseling with Merissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, self esteem, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, and coping with life changes

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.

Written by D.A. on May 28, 2019 after counseling with Merissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, and relationship issues

Kind and always listens. Has been a great help so far. Thank you.

Written by K.R. on May 14, 2019 after counseling with Merissa for 1 month on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, self esteem, coping with life changes, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd

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.

Written by S.C. on May 13, 2019 after counseling with Merissa for 2 weeks

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.

Written by A.M. on Apr 28, 2019 after counseling with Merissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, anger management, and coping with life changes

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.

Written by J.U. on Apr 23, 2019 after counseling with Merissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning self esteem

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.

Written by L.E. on Apr 03, 2019 after counseling with Merissa for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Merissa is absolutely amazing. She listens to my specific concerns and definitely knows when I need some tough love. I am so glad I found her and am able to talk through my anxieties with her.

Written by N.A. on Mar 18, 2019 after counseling with Merissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, self esteem, and anger management

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.

Written by C.A. on Mar 13, 2019 after counseling with Merissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and lgbt

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!

Written by B.O. on Jan 02, 2019 after counseling with Merissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

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!

Written by C.H. on Sep 23, 2018 after counseling with Merissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, and self esteem

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.

Written by K.R. on Sep 21, 2018 after counseling with Merissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, and career difficulties

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!

Written by J.U. on Sep 11, 2018 after counseling with Merissa for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety

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.

Written by B.O. on Sep 06, 2018 after counseling with Merissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship, and self esteem

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.