Heather Merrill LMHC, LPC
LMHC (Licensed Mental Health Counselor) in the state of Washington; LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor) in the state of Oregon; Child Mental Health Specialist in the state of Washington. Heather has an M.S. degree in Couples, Marriage, and Family Counseling from Portland State University and B.A. in Education. Her clinical experience involves counseling individual children, adolescents, and adults, couples, families, and groups in Outpatient, Intensive Outpatient, Community Based, and School Based settings. Heather has extensive training and experience in family therapy, couples counseling, client centered therapy, interpersonal therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy, expressive therapies, and trauma informed approaches to treatment.
Individual Counseling for children, adolescents, and adults, Couples Counseling, Family Counseling, and Group Counseling.
I believe that we are all shaped by our relationships. Our earliest relationships with our family members and caregivers teach us about trust, respect, love, and how to view ourselves and the world around us. As we grow, our relationships with people outside of our families continue to expand and change our beliefs about our inner and outer experiences. My goal as a therapist is to help my clients develop healthy relationships with themselves and others. Since every individual, couple, and family is unique I utilize a variety of approaches in order to meet client needs. Some of the theories that I use include family systems approaches, couples therapy approaches, dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TFCBT), and expressive techniques. I utilize client-centered and interpersonal therapy with individual children, adolescents, and adults to provide a safe place to explore belief systems that may be self limiting and work on defining themselves in positive ways. I provide couples counseling to give couples a place to explore any concerns in their relationships and re-build healthy, lasting relationships based on mutual respect, love, and support. I use a variety of family therapy models to help family members listen to one another, explore conflicts, and resolve issues in family dynamics. I facilitate both process groups and skill building groups because group counseling can provide a unique way for individuals to explore their relationships with their peers in order to develop new relationship patterns and learn new skills. I am passionate about providing individual, couples, and family therapy for people of all cultures, ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations, and gender identities find ways to self identify and develop healthy relationships amidst outside pressures to conform to majority culture.
I enjoy reading, gardening, hiking, art, theater, and spending time with my family and friends.
6-11, 12-14, 15-17, 18-64, 65+
Abuse, ADD/ADHD , Anxiety/Fears/Phobia/Panic Attacks, Bipolar Disorder , Depression, Eating Disorders , Grief/Death, Postpartum Depression , PTSD, Religious/Spiritual Issues, Stress Management, Adoption, Parenting Issues, LGBTQ+, Men's Issues, Sexual Issues, Women’s Issues, DBT