Michael Merrill, our Cognitive Behavioral Therapy expert, earned his graduate degree (MSW ) from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Welfare and Practice. After two years of individual adult practice at Hahnemann Outpatient Clinic for Addiction services, he entered a clinical training at The Center for Cognitive Therapy, division of Department of Psychiatry at the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine; and became a lifetime clinical associate.
Mr. Merrill enjoys working with young adults ( 17 + ), individuals and couples, and has long maintained a welcoming practice with young gay & straight men and women experiencing career, social and relationship difficulties. Certificated in divorce mediation, he prefers to use these skills in counseling couples who are on the cusp of the decision to “go to work” on their marital issues or choose to terminate.
Recently (from 2010 – 2013) he served the Office of the Secretary of Defense, helping returning warriors re-integrate with families. The DOD has adopted many aspects of the University of Pennsylvania’s format for soldier and family reintegration which is modeled on the mindfulness- based cognitive behavioral therapy; the foundation for Michael’s eclectic solution – focused therapy practice.