From the moment I entered my first graduate class 10 years ago, there has never been a doubt that I want to be a counselor. Counseling is more than an occupation to me: it is a lifelong passion. Currently, I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Massachusetts, and a Licensed Professional Counselor in Wisconsin. I have over 6 years of counseling experience. While most of my experience has been working with youth (ages 4-19) and parents, I have had the privilege of being able to work with a few adults as well. I have supported clients and families in learning how to handle feelings of depression, anxiety, and anger/frustration. I have worked with clients who are on the autism spectrum, and have worked to support individuals who have been diagnosed with ADHD in building executive functioning skills. And while rarer than those struggling with feelings of depression and anxiety, I have also worked with individuals who have been diagnosed with Bipolar disorder, and even a few who have been diagnosed with Borderline Personality.
My approach to counseling is person-centered and strengths-based. I firmly believe that the power for change rests in you, and you alone. I am merely here to provide any necessary tools you may not yet have, and/or to refine the tools that you already do have, but may not yet be using. I see value in every modality of therapy, but tend to use Acceptance and Commitment, and Mindfulness-based strategies in sessions.
Believe it or not, even by looking at this profile, or any counselor's profile, you have already started down the path to change: this may even be the hardest step toward that change. Franklin D. Roosevelt once said "Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the assessment that something is more important than fear." It is okay if you are feeling afraid to start counseling: maybe you fear that change is not really possible. The fact that you are considering starting though means that you are starting to believe that your well-being is more important than the fear of failure. And you are not alone: I will be with you on this journey! Together, we will navigate through the rough waters, and bring you back to shore.
Thank you for your consideration, and I am very, very much looking forward to working with you.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Family conflicts
- Parenting issues
- Self esteem
Trauma and abuse , Grief , Anger management , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue , ADHD , Autism and Asperger Syndrome , Cancer , Caregiver Issues and Stress , Co-morbidity , Divorce and Separation , Family Problems , Forgiveness , Guilt and Shame , Impulsivity , Money and Financial Issues , Mood Disorders , Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks , Postpartum Depression , Pregnancy and Childbirth , Women's Issues , Young Adult Issues Read more...
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy
LMHC #11708 (Expires: 2021-12-31)
LPC #8220 (Expires: 2023-02-28)
Merra is incredible. She hones in on the real issues and parses through extraneous details to get to the heart of the problem.
I had a wonderful experience working with Merra! Her counseling style is truly client-centered. I highly recommend her for the following reasons:
- Very thoughtful responses both on the messaging platform and live sessions
- Offers great insight on issues and provides unique, alternative coping strategies to challenge negative thought patterns
- Non-judgmental and compassionate
- Incredibly punctual!
- Frequently provides positive affirmations and encouragement
She’s great to work with