NW Anxiety Solutions Clinicians

Deborah Mertlich, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker - Oregon (L3405)

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker  - Washington (LW00007518)

My approach:

Finding the courage to talk to someone about your anxiety is something that should be praised and rewarded. It’s hard to open up and admit that there is something wrong and you don’t know how to handle it. I want to get people back into their lives with evidenced based treatments and are proven to work. I know individuals and families don’t have unlimited time to spend in therapy. I focus on solutions which is why I named my company NW Anxiety Solutions.

My Ideal Client:

The clients who are the most successful in therapy with me are the people who are looking to build skills and create a “toolbox” to help them move forward. They understand it is going to be uncomfortable, but they know there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

Areas of Focus:

  • OCD
  • Faith and OCD
  • Pediatric OCD
  • Selective Mutism
  • Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRB)
  • SPACE (Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions)

Cost & Investment:

  • Insurance - Kaiser NW, Moda, BCBS, Pacificsource, Optum, Aetna, Cigna
  • Self pay

Professional Background

Master of Social Work - 2000
Health & Mental Health Concentration
Family Therapy Specialization
George Warren Brown School of Social Work
Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri

2000 Certificate in Family Therapy, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri


Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)

Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP)

Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions (SPACE)

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Behavioral Family Systems Therapy (BFST)


  • Online Oregon & Washington
Deborah Mertlich