Merissa JenningsLCSW

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Were there lessons in your professional or academic career that left an impression on you, and how has that informed your work today?

Throughout my career I noticed people suffer with unresolved grief and trauma. I wanted to do more than talk therapy so I ventured into the world of EMDR. Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing has drastically changed how I approach trauma. Utilizing this modality I have helped people overcome their trauma and get back to living their lives. I am also trained in perinatal mood disorders and am passionate about helping mothers with postpartum depression , anxiety and anger.

What does success look like in therapy? How will a client know that they are making progress?

Success is solely defined by your own terms in therapy. We will work together to create a realistic treatment plan and realistic goals for your life. For some people success is a decrease in negative symptoms and for other success is learning healthier coping skills.

In what ways do your life philosophy and treatment philosophy overlap?

My life philosophy is to never give up and that's the same philosophy I use in my treatment. It is my goal to help you with your feelings and thoughts in the present time but to help you towards a better future.




Family issues

Postpartum depression

Pregnancy, perinatal, & postpartum issues

General Expertise

Relationship Issues


Social Anxiety


Drug addiction & abuse

Life transitions

Panic attacks & panic disorder

Phobias & fears



First Session


Family Therapy


Couples Therapy


Individual Therapy

Types of Therapy

Couples Session

Individual Session



Young Adults (18-24)

Adults (25-65)

Seniors (65+)

Treatment Approaches / Modalities

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Strength Based Therapy

Marriage and Family Therapy

Motivational Interviewing

Training / Certifications

Completed EMDRIA training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)

Completed Seleni Maternal mental health intensive

Trained in Behavioral Couples therapy


NY, LCSW, 081684


MA in Social Work, Stony Brook University

MA in Psychology, Adelphi University

Work History

I have worked in a variety of settings throughout my career. I began working in an outpatient mental health clinic treating individuals with co-occuring substance abuse and mental illnesses issues. I then took the knowledge and experience I learned to provide couples counseling to struggling families and provide individual counseling to women 16-70. I am also trained in perinatal mood disorders and healthy relationship skills. I completed EMDR training in 2019  to to better assist people in decreasing their traumas.


Gilbert Avenue, Smithtown, 11787, NY