Lindy Merritt, Licensed Professional Counselor
Let’s begin and navigate together.
“On the other side of a storm is the strength that comes from having navigated through it. Raise your sail and begin.”
~ Gregory S. Williams
To me, one of the most beautiful and inspiring things in life is the human capacity for RESILIENCE.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Wichita State University and a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Emporia State University. I am currently working towards clinical licensure (LCPC).
My theoretical approaches to counseling are eclectic and integrated, but my favorites include: Person-Centered – you are the expert on yourself and take a lead; Acceptance and Commitment – here, you will be encouraged to embrace your thoughts and feelings, rather than fighting them off and feeling guilty – stuffing them down because it’s easier; Cognitive Behavioral – to emphasize awareness of thinking patterns responsible for preventing or promoting growth and healing.
My hope when working with clients is to promote coping skills, self-actualization, self-awareness, and self-regulation. I want you to feel that you have someone walking with you, cheering you on and challenging you along your path. I provide a calming and peaceful space for you to be yourself, to be heard and supported, without fear of being judged. I’ve been on a journey of self-reflection and growth, trying to positively live life after dealing with my own struggles – you’ll likely find me to be both relatable and empathetic. I believe everyone deserves to use their voice to share their story and deserves to genuinely be seen and heard.
I have experience working with individuals and families in the child welfare and foster care systems, as well as marginalized groups in nonprofit settings. I am currently seeing individuals 18 and above, and am particularly passionate about working with many populations – people dealing with struggles around anxiety, life adjustments, non-substance disorder addictions, social isolation and anxiety, elderly populations, marginalized populations, and depression (to name a few).
My joys are: hanging out with my family and cocker spaniel, long car rides to new places, cloudy days, spending time at the lake, trying new recipes, exploring national parks, and Harry Potter marathons