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I have learned that the client determines their own therapy goals and what they want to achieve in therapy. Therapy is driven by the client, utilizing the client centered approach with motivational interviewing allows the client to determine their therapy. Asking the client what he/she would like to address and only moving forward when the client is ready to forward. Utilizing CBT through the process of therapy and assisting the client to recognize the situation in the environment. His/her thought/belief they may interpret about the situation. The emotion/feelings that occur which influences the thought/belief and the behavior of our outward responses or actions in response to the situation. This allows us to change the negative self-talk to positive self-talk.
I recognized that I had been experiencing adversities in my life. Learning how to navigate those adversities influenced me to work in the field of Human Services to empower others to learn how to navigate their own adversities. Coming into this field has allowed me to recognize that we all experience adversities in life and how we navigate those adversities allows us to learn about ourselves and people we encounter.
My life philosophy in life and treatment, "I treat others they way I want to be treated". This is why I chose Maya Angelou's quote: "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
LGBTQIA related issues
LGBTQIA related issues
Young Adults (18-24)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Culturally Sensitive Therapy
- New York, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, 003287
Fairleigh Dickinson University License Mental Health Counselor
I graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University, in Clinical Counseling with a Major in Addiction Counseling. In September 2006 I received my New York State, License Mental Health Counselor. I have over 20 years’ experience of substances use therapy, working with dual diagnosis (Mood D/O’s, Anxiety and Depression). I have worked with women, men and the LGBTQ community addressing comorbidity issues. I have several years’ experience working in transitional housing with individuals with chronic medical, mental health, and substance use complexities that are interwoven within our psychosocial factors. I have developed the skills necessary to help others to empower themselves. My approach to therapy is motivational interviewing utilizing stages of change. I use CBT and client-centered therapy to meet you where you are in the stages of change. When we need assistance to move forward in life, the most precious gift we could give to ourselves is self-care.
It’s not uncommon to have questions before starting therapy. LaVerne Merritt-Morrison, LMHC, has answered a few of the questions they receive most often from new clients.
Is LaVerne Merritt-Morrison accepting new clients?
Yes, LaVerne Merritt-Morrison is accepting new clients.
Does LaVerne Merritt-Morrison accept insurance?
Yes, LaVerne Merritt-Morrison accepts insurance, including Sana Benefits.
What types of therapy does LaVerne Merritt-Morrison offer?
LaVerne Merritt-Morrison offers therapy for individuals.
Does LaVerne Merritt-Morrison offer in-person appointments?
No, but people in New York can book LaVerne Merritt-Morrison for virtual appointments (teletherapy).
Does LaVerne Merritt-Morrison offer online therapy?
Yes, LaVerne Merritt-Morrison offers online therapy to people in New York.
How quickly can I see LaVerne Merritt-Morrison?
LaVerne Merritt-Morrison typically can speak with new clients within 48 hours. You can see their current availability and request an appointment on their profile page.
What languages does LaVerne Merritt-Morrison speak?
LaVerne Merritt-Morrison conducts therapy sessions in English.
Can I book an appointment with LaVerne Merritt-Morrison online?
Yes, you can easily book an appointment with LaVerne Merritt-Morrison online using Choosing Therapy’s directory.