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"The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.'" I remember reading these words in one of the books recommended to us during my graduate studies. And since that time, with almost every client I have journeyed alongside, I find this to be true. This can be a difficult concept for many of us. While self-loathing or comparison can feel like the natural options when faced with parts of ourselves we aren't proud of, there is a beautiful freedom in self-acceptance.
I believe in the innate goodness of every person I meet and that each of us has the capacity for growth, when provided the necessary space. I strive to create a warm, safe, collaborative environment for my clients to explore the blocks that stand in the way of this freedom and create meaningful changes in their own lives.
MORE ABOUT MERLYN
Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Texas at Southwestern Medical Center
Bachelor of Science from Texas Christian University
Licensed Professional Counselor in TX- #71916
Certified Rehabilitation Counselor- National Certification #00116546
I view counseling as a collaborative process where the counselor and client work together to journey toward change. I have experience serving individuals, couples, and families, employing the use of behavioral relaxation training, family-systems, and person-centered techniques, depending on the needs of the client. I am also trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
During my career as a therapist, I have provided counseling services within schools, non-profit agencies, and hospitals. For the last few years, I have specialized in helping individuals who have experienced trauma and stress within an employment setting, working closely with professionals from various industries including first responders, aviation, and medical professionals. Currently I see adults within a private practice setting. One of my biggest joys is helping others re-process the "stuff" from the past so that they can show up more fully as their authentic selves in present and future relationships.