Counseling - Oregon & Washington

"A failure is not always a mistake, it may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is not trying."-B. F. Skinner

Work with Me

Deborah Mertlich, LCSW

When you are looking for a clinician you want to make sure they are qualified and know what they are talking about, but you also really want to know if they are going to be a good fit.

You can read about all their credentials and experience, but are they going to “click” with you. Often times people stop looking for a therapist because it’s too exhausting to go through all the profiles.

It’s really hard to get a feel of a therapist by just reading the “about me” section. Most therapists talk about themselves and their accomplishments, but it can be hard to know if they really enjoy their work and the people they are working with. I really like what I do and I want to work with people who are interested in working with me to find solutions. Clients who work best with me are invested in learning about themselves and making needed changes. They aren’t expecting things to just get better because they come to therapy and talk about their problems. I value work in between the talking times. This applies to everyone I work with - individuals, families, teens, and young adults.

I use “modalities” or treatment programs that are based on research and found to be effective. I want to make sure what I am teaching can be seamlessly used by my clients.