Rachel Merlin

(LMFT, C.Ht, M.S.Ed)

About Me

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Florida. I earned both a Bachelors degree in Psychology, followed by a Masters in Science of Education with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Miami. Currently, I am pursuing my Doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy at Nova Southeastern University, where I maintain a 4.0 GPA. I have been working with couples and adult individuals in private practice for over 8 years, and I have experience running anger management and domestic violence group therapy in a clinic setting. I specialize in relationship issues including infidelity, couples counseling, premarital counseling, marriage counseling, divorce, and post-divorce issues, and I treat clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, stress, anxiety, phobias, anger management, and low self-esteem.

I am also a Certified Hypnotherapist. Hypnotherapy is a wonderful tool that can be used for an array of issues including weight loss, smoking cessation, stress reduction, pain management, phobias, mending a broken heart, test anxiety and so much more. It is also very effective in helping clients learn relaxation and breathing techniques.

I work with my clients using a warm, direct, and eclectic approach by drawing from many different theoretical orientations such as cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused, Gottman methods, and humanistic counseling. It is very important to me to collaborate with my clients on creating goals, and I tailor my method of treatment to each individual and couple. It is my ultimate goal to make each of my clients as comfortable as possible, so that he or she can feel at safe and at ease, and we can get great work done together.

Seeking help is not always an easy step to take, so I applaud you for beginning your journey, and I look forward to working with you!

**Please note: My hours are Monday - Friday 9AM-5PM. Because I see clients in person in my private practice, on Regain, and am working towards my doctorate, I am not always able to respond immediately. Please know that your messages are important to me, and I will always respond to you within 24-48 business hours, if not the very same day.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Family conflicts
  • Self esteem
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Intimacy-related issues , Parenting issues , Anger management , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , Cancer , Caregiver Issues and Stress , Commitment Issues , Communication Problems , Divorce and Separation , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Gottman Method, Hypnotherapy, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 9

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LMFT #MT2924 (Expires: 2021-03-01)


Reviews

Written by D.E. on Jun 24, 2020 after counseling with Rachel for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship

Great!!!!

Written by M.O. on Jun 20, 2020 after counseling with Rachel for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship

Rachel is amazing. I spoken to a few different counselors and almost thought this wouldn’t work for me until I found Rachel. Highly recommend her!

Written by E.T. on Apr 27, 2020 after counseling with Rachel for 8 months on issues concerning relationship

Highly recommended. Friendly, listens, has good feedback and homework.

Written by J.E. on Apr 21, 2020 after counseling with Rachel for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship

We just started working with Rachel, but so far she’s been extremely kind and understanding and she responds in a timely manner. I’m excited to be working with her and look forward to our continued counseling and progress!

Written by D.A. on Jan 27, 2020 after counseling with Rachel for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship

Rachel is extremely empathetic and kind. You always feel that she is listening to you AND your partner. I always feel safe and empowered when we have our sessions. I’m grateful that we found someone with her expertise who guides us and makes us feel so comfortable.

Written by V.I. on Sep 17, 2019 after counseling with Rachel for 4 weeks on issues concerning relationship

First time going through counseling and so far Rachel has been nothing but professional, courteous, accommodating and helpful. She has brought me a different perspective and understanding of what counselors can do!

Written by N.I. on Apr 19, 2019 after counseling with Rachel for 2 months on issues concerning relationship

Rachel is extremely caring and genuinely listens and gives excellent advice. She has been there for our family through some very stressful times. Rachel always responds in a timely fashion and is always attentive to our needs.

Written by S.H. on Mar 28, 2019 after counseling with Rachel for 3 months on issues concerning relationship

Great job!

Written by W.H. on May 18, 2018 after counseling with Rachel for 3 months on issues concerning relationship

Great therapist. Understanding and full of useful ideas. Helped my girlfriend and I through some issues. Would recommend.

Written by S.U. on Oct 28, 2017 after counseling with Rachel for 4 months on issues concerning relationship

I had my doubts, but counseling does help.

Written by C.H. on Oct 02, 2017 after counseling with Rachel for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship

Very understanding - great working with her.