ABOUT MERRITT REID,
After spending 15 years as an actor and filmmaker, I smoothly transitioned to the field of counseling. The study of acting is essentially the study of people and empathy, which allows me to create strong therapeutic connections with my clients. After graduating from Monmouth University, I worked in a variety of outpatient settings with teens and adults. I specialize in spirituality and religion, which compliments my work in grief therapy, and adult children of alcoholics. I thoroughly enjoy talking to people and getting to know their stories. In my free time I love to meditate, read, and do anything creative such as photography and playing guitar.
APPROACH TO THERAPY
I work from an existential theoretical base with the goal first and foremost to understand my clients. The structure of my approach is about creating awareness, deepening understanding and education of the client and their situation, and then actively working towards change. Clients and I work together towards their therapeutic goals from an inside-out, holistic perspective. I strive to create a warm, genuine, and authentic atmosphere that promotes empowering clients to achieve the best version of themselves. I believe everyone is unique and that what works for one person may not work for someone else. For this reason, I work with clients to make sure they resonate with the direction of their therapy and techniques utilized, as well as to facilitate autonomy and create prolonged lasting change.