Maura Merritt is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Registered Art Therapist in California and Tennessee. She specializes in working with adolescents girls and young adult women who are wanting to learn ways to cope with anxiety, depression, self harm, relationship issues, identity confusion, life transitions, and childhood trauma. Maura is passionate about serving individuals who desire personal growth and change.
Maura is trained in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT). CBT allows techniques to help clients challenge themselves to break out of unhelpful patterns and create meaningful, lasting change. DBT is a skill based therapy model that Maura uses to teach clients skills to help with regulating emotions, tolerating distressing feelings and situations, engaging more effectively with others, and living in the present moment. In session, Maura focuses on helping clients challenge their negative core beliefs and learn new ways to get out of unhelpful thought spirals.
Maura's clients often describe her as empathetic and genuine with the ability to call clients out with compassion. When a client first comes in, Maura uses humor to get to know her clients on a deeper level and to create a comfortable environment where clients feel like they are able to be their authentic selves. Maura creates a judgement free zone, so clients feel at ease to process painful memories and feelings.
Maura received her Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and Art Therapy from Phillips Graduate University. She gained experience in high levels of care through working at a residential treatment program, intensive outpatient programs, and partial hospitalization programs. Maura has significant experience working with individuals struggling with panic attacks, self harm, identity confusion, suicidal ideation, and trauma. Outside of work, she loves to hang out with her dog, Noodle, and paint with watercolors.
Adolescent mental health - Working with adolescents, teenagers, and parents on social, academic, and/or emotional challenges throughout teenage years; addressing anxiety, family conflicts, peer relationships, school stress, transition to college, social media pressures, self-esteem, hopelessness about the future, emotional dysregulation
Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Artists' mental health - Understanding of highly creative minds; goal setting related to the artistic and creative process; support finding meaningful balance in one’s life
Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Identity development - Understanding, accepting, and strengthening one’s sense of self through the exploration of family, work, and personal values; addressing issues such as, race, class, gender, and sexual orientation, in the context of self experience
Self harm - Building skills and supports to cope with emotional pain, suffering, and numbness; increasing positive meaningful life experiences
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Years of Experience: 4 years
Meru Health Program, Therapist and Mindfulness Teacher, 2020 - Present
Discovery Mood and Anxiety Program, Primary Therapist, 2018 - 2020
Evolve Residential Treatment, Residential Counselor, 2017 - 2018
American Art Therapy Association , Registered Art Therapist, 2018
Phillips Graduate University , MA in Marriage and Family Therapy and Art Therapy, 2017