Merle Montalvo, LCSW
I am a social worker licensed at LCSW level in Mississippi. Sometimes we need someone to help us make needed changes or keep track of how we’re doing with the many ways we and our lives can change. Becoming a social worker was a midlife transition for me. “It’s never too late.” was a saying that became a mantra as I learned from challenges related to making a new life 30+ years ago. But now, with a stronger cognitive perspective, I’d change that to, “It’s not too late right now”.
My cultural background is mixed. To me, each person is unique, but our common humanity makes us alike. My experience is broad including : outpatient, inpatient, IOP, home health and hospice.
I take an eclectic approach towards working with others, so that I can fit what I offer to your individual needs. Modalities and techniques I can bring to our work include: humanistic, insight-oriented, cognitive behavioral, wholistic, and solution focused .
Additional areas of focus: Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Career difficulties, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Codependency, Communication Problems, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Divorce and Separation, Family of Origin Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Midlife Crisis, Mood Disorders, Self-Love, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues
Clinical approaches: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy
MS LCSW C5031
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I feel completely comfortable to be myself and openly discuss things I'm dealing with in my sessions with Merle. I feel like she really understands and cares about the things I have to say and the things I'm going through. 10/10
Written on Apr 28, 2023 after therapy with Merle for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, c
Wonderful to talk to, very understanding and supportive
Written on Apr 19, 2023 after therapy with Merle for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and trauma and abuse
I’ve been working with Miss Merle for over a year now and the progress we’ve made is life changing. She’s so very knowledgeable and so easy to talk to!
Written on Feb 07, 2023 after therapy with Merle for 10 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, and compassion fatigue
Ms. Merle is an extremely knowledgeable, caring therapist. I feel like she listens and has solutions. She encourages me, helps me to make sense of how I feel, the anxiety and stress I'm struggling thru, and I teaching me psychology, theories, and strategies so I can not only find a way to get thru, but to find joy and happiness and purpose again.
Written on May 06, 2022 after therapy with Merle for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes
She’s down to earth and relatable. Her tone is incredible. You may get spa day Merle or southern mama Merle. She adjusts to my needs and tone to level with our conversation. And, when you’re on the phone, I couldn’t think of anything more important than tone. It’s like an air hug of warmth and understanding sprinkled with advice and encouragement.
Written on Dec 09, 2021 after therapy with Merle for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, and coping with life changes
I love Merle!!! She understands my concerns and situations. She is Awesome!!!!
Written on Sep 10, 2021 after therapy with Merle for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, and sleeping disorders