Hi! My name is Dr. Rachel Merlin and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MT 2924) and I also earned a Doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy. I am available to meet with clients in my office, located in Coral Gables, as well as remotely using video or telephone sessions for clients who are unable to attend sessions in-person. **RIGHT NOW, MY OFFICE IS CLOSED, DUE TO COVID-19. I only see clients remotely right now, but look forward to when it is safe again to welcome you into my office!**
Many of the clients I see wish to focus on relational issues, and my specialty is helping people overcome problems that arise in their relationships with family members, colleagues, friends, and current or former romantic partners. A common misconception about being a Marriage and Family Therapist is that I can only work with people who are looking to address marital or family issues – this is not the case! I also help individuals address mental health conditions such an anxiety or depression, or other individual issues.
I work from evidence-based methods, which means that the techniques, tools, and models that I incorporate in my work are all based in research. I typically use a solution-focused approach, which highlights and builds upon your strengths, and I also incorporate a narrative lens, which values the way you tell your stories. With couples, I also use the Gottman Method because it offers a highly effective framework and user-friendly methods and resources. To read more about solution-focused therapy, please click HERE. To read more about narrative therapy, please click HERE. You can find more about the Gottman Method by clicking HERE.
I have a caring yet direct style and aim to create a safe and open environment to allow for exploration and discussion. I consider my style to be very collaborative and always welcome your voice and feedback so we can be sure our approach fits your unique needs, and I help facilitate growth through thought-provoking questions and compassionate dialogue. At the end of most sessions, you will walk away with ‘homework’ to complete between appointments because changes can be made more quickly when you are practicing or focusing on what was discussed during our session.
I also understand that sometimes couples make the difficult decision to end their marriage and pursue divorce, and for that reason, I am trained as a Facilitator in the Collaborative Process. The Collaborative Process is an alternative dispute resolution method that treats divorce as a legal, financial, and emotional experience. In that process, a team of professionals including two attorneys and generally a mental health professional and a financial professional, is assembled to assist the couple to privately navigate their way through the divorce process without involving the court system. To read more about the Collaborative Process, please click HERE.
For a brief introduction to me and to hear from one of my clients, you can watch the videos below to see my interviewed on NBC 6’s 6 in the Mix segment for Mental Health Awareness Week. HERE (part 1) and HERE (part 2).
I am eager to meet your therapeutic needs, and I invite you to use the contact form or to send me an email to schedule your first session today!