Merle Montalvo


About Me

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 .


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Grief
  • Anger management
  • Self esteem
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Addictions , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , Codependency , Family of Origin Issues , Guilt and Shame , Midlife Crisis , Mood Disorders

Clinical approaches:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 20

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Phone

  • Video


LCSW #C5031 (Expires: 2021-04-30)


Written by A.R. on Mar 23, 2020 after counseling with Merle for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, self esteem, and coping with life changes

She's amazing!

Written by S.A. on Mar 05, 2020 after counseling with Merle for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and career difficulties

Therapy with Merle was fantastic! I’ve been dealing with a spike in my anxiety due to work stress and unrealistic expectations and Merle gave me several different tools in my toolbox to help manage my anxiety. She’s helped me work out what is realistic and what is out of my control and how to work through my catastrophic thinking. I would definitely recommend her to anyone who is struggling with anxiety.

Written by A.N. on Mar 04, 2020 after counseling with Merle for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and grief

Merle is a great counselor. She pays close attention to my questions and needs and provides valuable insight to helping me address my problems.

Written by B.E. on Jan 21, 2020 after counseling with Merle for 2 weeks

I have been working with Merle Montalvo for about weeks. In that short time she has given me several tools to help with anxiety. We are already looking at and addressing some root causes. I feel like she understands where I was coming from and what I hope to achieve. It is super helpful that I can send a message at any time and receive feedback within a few hours.