Adults, Couples, Families
Patricia Merkley has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and therapist for over 30 years providing individual, couples, and family therapy in Utah, Ohio, and Texas.
Pat is a humanist interpersonal therapist. She has developed an expertise with women’s issues, trauma work, complicated family systems, cultural diversity and aging. Pat worked many years with intimate partner violence in the domestic violence shelters and with young mothers dealing with the impact of trauma on substance abuse. Pat also has worked with the Utah Attorney General on the Safety Net Committee and provided therapy to those from an insular, religious culture.
Pat’s areas of specialization include:
• Domestic violence
• Existential and Spiritual concerns
• Family of origin complexity
• Life changes—marital adjustment, new employment, relocation, starting college, divorce, retirement, death and loss
• Women’s Issues—individuation, self-esteem, assertiveness, depression, parenting, divorce, loss, perfectionism, and life span developmental and transitional issues
• Interpersonal Skills—communication enhancement, conflict resolution, connecting on a deeper level, having difficult conversations
• Gay and Lesbian Identity Development
Pat received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Sociology from Brigham Young University. She received a Masters of Social Work at the University of Utah. She completed a year of postgraduate studies at Case Western University in Cleveland, Ohio.
Pat’s therapeutic modalities include: Humanism, Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Trauma Informed, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Motivational Interviewing, Family Systems, and Existential Therapy.
Pat is trained and certified in CPT (preferred by the military for PTSD), Attachment Theory, domestic violence treatment, EMDR, and trauma treatment. Pat has extensive experience with spiritual dynamics impacting relationships and counseling complicated family systems.
Pat believes that therapy is a gift you give yourself. Counseling can heal lingering wounds, help solidify identity, assist with the grieving process, bring about deeper interpersonal connections, increase emotional regulation, cultivate inner peace, expedite conflict resolution, untangle religious expectations, and enhance overall life satisfaction and meaning. Pat can help create a safe space for this deeper journey into self-awareness, healing, and personal transformation.
Pat is an avid outdoorswoman, writer, art enthusiast, the mother of 6 children and 7 grandchildren.