Merisa is a Licensed Social worker (LSW) who earned her MSSA from Case Western University and her BA from Malone University. She counsels individuals of all ages, families, and groups. Her focus areas of treatment are for those struggling with anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, life adjustments and children with behavioral issues. Merisa has a special interest working with the LGBTQ+ community and minority groups. Her compassion for minority groups comes from her own Mexican heritage, as she understands the unique circumstances this can create for each person. Being an LSW, she goes beyond traditional therapy for her clients to promote advocacy when needed.
Merisa has been EMDR trained by the Institute of Creative Mindfulness and uses this interactive approach to help relieve symptoms of psychological stress, trauma, PTSD, anxiety and depression.
Merisa’s clients can rest assured they will feel seen, heard, and cared for in her presence. She believes it is important to collaborate with each individual to discover the best course of treatment, and she understands how difficult it can be to sit on the other side of the couch. She admires her clients for their courage and vulnerability and also believes that laughing can do a great deal of healing to hearts. Above all else, she believes her clients are worthy of giving themselves a chance at living a healthier life and is humbled to walk alongside them during this invaluable discovery.
Merisa lives with her fur babies Finley (a Miniature Australian Shepherd), and Hagrid (the cat). In her free times she enjoys hiking, traveling, playing board games with friends, and fishing. Being from California, she is a big-time Las Vegas Raiders fan, but (unfortunately) relates to the same pain associated with being a Browns fan.
* Now taking new clients