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 the calling God has placed on my life. Currently, I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Massachusetts, and a Licensed Professional Counselor with 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.
I will be honest: working in a secular setting did not grant me many opportunities to integrate Christianity and counseling. However, the rare opportunities I was presented with brought incredible fulfillment for me, but even more so for the clients I served. The Bible is FULL of wisdom, and indeed, if one looks closely, we can even see the echoes of what we now call CBT, Mindfulness, and ACT. My approach to counseling is person-centered and strengths-based: we are all children of God, and we are fearfully and wonderfully made. I firmly believe that inviting God into our emotional and mental health will only leave us richer and more fulfilled at day's end. The Bible is clear that ALL things ARE possible with God, and that includes healing. My role is to help you see how Faith and Wellness are truly best when they are fully integrated. I believe Scripture has many practicals to offer, and often supplement with ACT and Mindfulness strategies, as needed.
Experience has taught me that emotional healing does not come from "simply" having faith, as some wounds run deep indeed, and faith and hope can often be the hardest things in which to believe. Yet, Jesus tells us that even faith as small as a mustard seed can still move mountains (Matthew 17:20). Even looking at a counselor's profile is a small step of faith, because it says that you hope that someone out there can help you. And the Bible is clear on how much God values faith.
Take this small step of faith, and prepare for how much God will bless that faith! I look 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)
It’s difficult to truly express what it means when someone like Merra listens and offers counsel through extreme trials in life. She has done an exceptional job at guiding me through my grief and emotions. No counselor can solve your problems, but a good one can help you navigate your way through all the confusion to get to where you know you want to be. I would highly recommend her based on my experience.