Merra Albosta

LMHC, LPC

About Me

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.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Family conflicts
  • Parenting issues
  • Self esteem
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
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 , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy

Years of Experience: 6

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LMHC #11708 (Expires: 2023-12-31)

LPC #8220 (Expires: 2023-02-28)


Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Merra Albosta. We don’t pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Written by A.L. on Jun 15, 2022 after therapy with Merra for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, self esteem, and anger management

Merra has been an absolute joy to work with. She understands me and my worries and helps me navigate the most efficient way through these while also establishing better life techniques. It helps me think through my problems and gives me the empowerment to get through each day.

Written by S.A. on May 27, 2022 after therapy with Merra for 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Merra is intelligent, kind, and extremely helpful. I’ve grown more with her help in the past six months than in the past 20 years of therapy. She is an amazing professional and I’m so glad to be able to work with her.

Written by V.A. on May 24, 2022 after therapy with Merra for 9 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, self esteem, and anger management

Merra is compassionate yet tells me what I need to hear. She is honest and provides excellent feedback to help me work through my thoughts and feelings. She gives me terrific insight in how to address my concerns which has helped me get to the point and convey my thoughts.

Written by D.I. on May 18, 2022 after therapy with Merra for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Awesome therapist! I truly enjoy working with Merra! She is a wonderful support for me. It was a blessing to be matched with her on the Better Help platform! Thank you for all you do, Merra!

Written by S.T. on Mar 22, 2022 after therapy with Merra for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Merra has a true passion for her craft. She is attentive and incredibly compassionate, willing to help in any way she can and is incredibly responsive. I know she has lots of others that seek her help and I am currently going through a difficult transition in my life, but she still responds multiple times a day. I highly recommend her to anyone seeking guidance and someone to just listen. She is stupendous!

Written by B.U. on Mar 21, 2022 after therapy with Merra for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Merra is an amazing therapist who has an open mind and is very respectful. She allows you to tackle challenging thoughts and feelings at your own pace. She helps to find where your feelings come from in your body and your spirit. Highly recommend her she is a stellar therapist!

Written by J.E. on Jan 24, 2022 after therapy with Merra for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, anger management, and coping with life changes

Merra's perspective has been a gift. She quickly understood my issues and was offering more than handouts and platitudes. She truly gets it.

Written by S.T. on Jan 19, 2022 after therapy with Merra for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

For the first time in my life of therapy (dated as far back as young childhood), I feel I have genuine support from my therapist. Merra's gentle and calm demeanor, paired with a side of silliness and compassion, has really been helpful to me in a time of desperate need. She is kind and genuine; knowledgeable and thoughtful; dedicated and accessible.

Merra is, to put it simply, a step above the rest in her field. I encourage anyone who feels they have "tried everything" to schedule a call with Merra. You won't be disappointed. I needed someone who would allow me to feel my feelings without judgment, but still ground me and teach me tools to work towards my goals. She did that and more...

Thank you, Merra, for giving me what I've needed most for so, so long. You are a compassionate soul, and you've left your mark. Please don't ever doubt that.

Written by D.A. on Dec 10, 2021 after therapy with Merra for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd

Merra is an excellent therapist. She is attuned to her clients needs and has been very effective in helping me to find a happier path.

Written by J.A. on Dec 07, 2021 after therapy with Merra for 4 months on issues concerning depression, and stress, anxiety

Merra, is such a genuine person, she made me feel heard and listened to my concerns and really took her time and communicate with me almost daily to follow up, check in etc. I didn't Feel judged, I felt like I was treated like any other person and that all my worries or concerns were valid, that I was important and everything would be okay.

Written by N.I. on Dec 04, 2021 after therapy with Merra for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, and coping with life changes

Listens well, gives advise about pertinent issues, understands the needs of the client, and also gives suggestions regarding situations that pertain to the client. Just hearing her perspective on situations of my life it’s given me less stress already.

Written by A.M. on Aug 15, 2021 after therapy with Merra for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and anger management

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

Work with me!