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Welcome.

I look forward to meeting you!

"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. 

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MORE ABOUT MERLYN

Credentials

  • 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

Counseling Approach

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).

Experience

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.