Rachel Merlin

(LMFT, C.Ht, M.S.Ed)

About Me

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Florida. I earned both a Bachelors degree in Psychology, followed by a Masters in Science of Education with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Miami. I have been working with couples and adult individuals in private practice for 6 years, and I have experience running anger management and domestic violence group therapy in a clinic setting. I specialize in relationship issues including infidelity, couples counseling, premarital counseling, marriage counseling, divorce, and post-divorce issues, and I treat clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, stress, anxiety, phobias, anger management, and low self-esteem.

I am also a Certified Hypnotherapist. Hypnotherapy is a wonderful tool that can be used for an array of issues including weight loss, smoking cessation, stress reduction, pain management, phobias, mending a broken heart, test anxiety and so much more. It is also very effective in helping clients learn relaxation and breathing techniques.

I work with my clients using a warm, direct, and eclectic approach by drawing from many different theoretical orientations such as cognitive-behavioral, systems, Gottman methods, and humanistic counseling. It is very important to me to collaborate with my clients on creating goals, and I tailor my method of treatment to each individual and couple. It is my ultimate goal to make each of my clients as comfortable as possible, so that he or she can feel at safe and at ease, and we can get great work done together.

Seeking help is not always an easy step to take, so I applaud you for beginning your journey, and I look forward to working with you!

**Please note: My hours are Monday - Friday 9AM-7PM. Because I see clients in person in my private practice, and also on BetterHelp, I am not always able to respond immediately. Please know that your messages are important to me, and I will always respond to you within 24-48 business hours, if not the very same day.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship
  • Self esteem
  • Depression

I also have experience in Family, Intimacy-related, Parenting, Anger, Bipolar

Years of Experience: 6

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LMFT #MT2924 (Expires: 2019-03-31)


Reviews

Written by I.R. on Jul 18, 2018 after counseling with Rachel for 11 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and relationship

Rachael is the best- I couldn’t ask for anyone better. I am so grateful for this service.

Written by J.E. on Jul 09, 2018 after counseling with Rachel for 1 year and 5 months on issues concerning depression, and stress, anxiety

Rachel has lots of empathy and compassion. She knows how to get to the core of an issue and to ask me the questions that I don't dare to ask myself. She was especially helpful when one of my best friends took her life last year. I couldn't have gotten through that without her.

Written by M.I. on Jun 11, 2018 after counseling with Rachel for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family, and self esteem

Rachel is fantastic. She is very understanding and takes a lot of time to work through things with me

Written by A.S. on May 17, 2018 after counseling with Rachel for 1 year and 1 month on issues concerning depression

Rachel has been brilliant. She listens to what I say and helps me understand my own feelings. She's also helped me realize that my feelings are valid and I'm not wrong for having them. I'm so glad I was paired with her as my counselor.

Written by L.U. on Mar 13, 2018 after counseling with Rachel for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, and self esteem

Rachel has been such a great support to me during the last couple of months. Guiding me through a very intense and painful period of my life she helps me to clarify things while respecting my own space and time necessary for processing and recovery. I feel like signing up to BetterHelp has been the best decision I could have done for myself recently and being matched with Rachel even strengthens this conviction.

Written by B.R. on Feb 12, 2018 after counseling with Rachel for 8 months

I was in a really dark place when Rachel was referred to me. She helped me through it and is continuing to help me through other difficult times. I have found her to be very supportive, nonjudgmental, caring, and helpful. I'm thankful that she was referred to me and thankful for BetterHelp.

Written by J.U. on Dec 06, 2017 after counseling with Rachel for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, and intimacy-related

Rachel is wise, thoughtful and honest.

Written by M.A. on Aug 27, 2017 after counseling with Rachel for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, and bipolar

I couldn't have asked for a better counselor over the last few months. Throughout all of our sessions thus far Rachel has been extremely professional but also makes you feel like you are talking to a friend. She has helped me manage my anxiety and as a result I have become more confident and calm with everyday experiences that may have affected me in the past. She is also quick to respond and makes sure to send out reminders to book future sessions. Thank you for your time and patience so far Rachel!

Written by C.A. on Jul 25, 2017 after counseling with Rachel for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, intimacy-related, and self esteem

Rachel is a great listener and steers the session in a way that makes sense for me, in order for me to reach my goals.

Written by T.A. on May 23, 2017 after counseling with Rachel for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, intimacy-related, and self esteem

Rachel is wonderful. I was so hesitant to start online therapy but she is able to ask the right questions to make me really dig deep to find out how and what I am truly feeling. Talking with her has given me a sense of relief and hope for a way forward.

Written by F.R. on May 23, 2017 after counseling with Rachel for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, and self esteem

Rachel is very understanding and non-judgemental. When my brain is scattered with anxiety and a million thoughts a minute, her insightful advice always helps me put my thoughts in order, and put things into perspective. She's helped me a lot in the last few weeks I've been working with her.

Written by J.A on May 08, 2017 after counseling with Rachel for 2 months on issues concerning lgbt, and relationship

I have been working with Rachel for some time now and thus far, it's been a very positive experience. She helps me sort out my thoughts, asks good questions, provides sound insight and is just what I need right now.

Written by J.O on Apr 10, 2017 after counseling with Rachel for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, family, and self esteem

I've really appreciated my time with Rachel. Since I've been seeing her, she has helped me with several issues I struggle with and has given me practical advice I can use to move overcome my anxiety. In addition, I've always felt like she cared about my personal well-being and growth. Overall, my time with her has been extremely enriching. Thanks, Rachel!

Written by B.E. on Apr 07, 2017 after counseling with Rachel for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship, and self esteem

Very clear and easy to understand

Written by A.P on Mar 28, 2017 after counseling with Rachel for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship, and intimacy-related

So far, she has been prompt and listened and offered suggestions to my situation. I am looking forward to our continued work.

Written by L.A on Mar 28, 2017 after counseling with Rachel for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and relationship

Extremely helpful!! Easy to talk to and gives great advice!! Is always there to listen and answers pretty quickly!!

Written by V.I on Mar 27, 2017 after counseling with Rachel for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, intimacy-related, self esteem, and anger

Rachel has been very patient with listening to my issues and providing an unbiased view of what is happening. She also checks in when she hasn't heard from me in a while which helps because work takes over and I tend to sweep things aside. It certainly helps with all the issues that affect me

Written by I.R on Mar 14, 2017 after counseling with Rachel for 2 months

So far pretty good, I'm glad she doesn't just give me neutral responses to the things I write this her. She follows up with me when I don't write back to her for a long time. I appreciate her sincerity and with every response she leaves me with good questions for me to think about. Look forward to continuing our correspondence!

Written by V.S on Mar 02, 2017 after counseling with Rachel for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, family, and anger

It was really good to work with Rachel. She is cheerful and positive and has good engaging ways to look at the issues. She really helped me pin point the issues bothering me and also showed me direction how to deal with them. Overall it was a revealing experience. Thank you very much.

Written by B.E on Feb 28, 2017 after counseling with Rachel for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, intimacy-related, and self esteem

Rachel has provided important support through a difficult time in my life and relationship. Through discussion with her, I have discovered a lot about myself, and have had a few difficult realizations along the way, which is exactly what I wanted to get out of this experience.

Written by L.U on Feb 24, 2017 after counseling with Rachel for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety

Rachel was very helpful in turning me around in my situation. I was really hurting due to a terrible social situation that made me lose a friend. After talking to Rachel, she really helped me see things from a different perspective and turn myself around. She helped me through my doubts and questions, and in the end, I felt 100% lighter and more confident in the decisions I made in the past. She is very caring and quick to respond. Thank you Rachel, you really turned me around. =)

Written by A.L on Feb 17, 2017 after counseling with Rachel for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship, family, intimacy-related, parenting, and anger

Rachel is literally saving my marriage. So grateful to have found her through BetterHelp!

Written by R.Y on Feb 16, 2017 after counseling with Rachel for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, and self esteem

Rachel is very diligent about maintaining a high quality discussion about several issues at once, thoroughly addressing each issue and has helped me focus on producing actionable steps to improve my situation.

Written by S.T on Feb 11, 2017 after counseling with Rachel for 1 month on issues concerning relationship, intimacy-related, self esteem, and career

Very level headed, which I can certainly appreciate. Working to discover root causes, and helping me to see situations differently with the right questions. Non-judgemental, and honest.

Written by D.I on Feb 11, 2017 after counseling with Rachel for 2 days

Very responsive, friendly, and helpful.

Written by J.E on Feb 08, 2017 after counseling with Rachel for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, and stress, anxiety

Rachel is very empathetic and offers feedback that I can act on.

Written by C.A on Feb 04, 2017 after counseling with Rachel for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, self esteem, and anger

Rachel has been very kind, understanding, offered helpful reflections on the information I've shared with her, and at times when I've not had time to reply or been feeling a little low, she has checked in on me to see if I'm ok and to tell me she's here if I need to talk, which has been lovely and comforting. :)

Written by T.R on Feb 01, 2017 after counseling with Rachel for 1 week on issues concerning relationship, family, and intimacy-related

So far this has been a phenomenal experience. Rachel really cares and really takes the time to get you all information needed and to ask the questions she needs to, to understand everything.

Written by K.E on Jan 22, 2017 after counseling with Rachel for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, and self esteem

Rachel has been very helpful with my personal issues. She is able to give me some perspective as well as some neutral feedback in regards to my problems. I very much appreciate her help.