Merle Ann Bombardieri, MSW, LICSW, ACHP-SW

Merle Ann Bombardieri, MSW, LICSW, ACHP-SW

Professions: Clinical Social Work, Psychotherapy, Other
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker - 102438
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1-800-651-8085 ext. 09072
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76 Bedford St.
Ste 34
Lexington, Massachusetts 02420 - United States
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"How will you be different when we say good-bye at the end of our work?" I ask my new clients. We'll build on the strengths you already have and the skills that have helped you so far with this problem. You'll desribe a time in the past when you mastered a problem or reached a goal you thought was impossible, and we will mine this memory for all it's worth. You'll also tell me which burdens will be lifted, and what will give you the most joy, meaning and satisfaction. What will you be capable of doing that you can't do yet?"

I don't feel daunted by your problem, because I can imagine you happy,and intuit which therapeutic approaches might help you. Having conducted psychotherapy/hypnotherapy for 35 + years, and experienced my own breakthroughs during meditation, creative writing,and psychotherapy, I know how much we are all capable of changing through authentic dialogue, creativity, and humor.

AS AUTHOR OF THE BABY DECISION (2ND EDITION, JULY 2016 paperback and e-book.), A CONTRIBUTOR TO OUR BODIES, OURSELVES, 2005, AND FORMER NATIONAL CLINICAL DIRECTOR OF RESOLVE, I have a wealth of experience to help you decide to parent or remain childfree or how to cope with infertility or miscarriage. I can also help you decide among alternatives such as adoption, donor egg or sperm,or surrogacy,

I love the powerful moments when, in silence or conversation, you make exciting discoveries and open to your new life, and we sit in awe of your own mind's wisdom.

Email or Call Merle Ann Bombardieri, MSW, LICSW, ACHP-SW at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 09072

More Info About My Practice

Please contact me to talk about fees, insurance and discount information. I take indemnity insurance, PPO's, Blue Cross/Blue Shield. My regular fees are $150 for individual sessions, $160 for couple and family sessions, $200 for coaching and consultation. First session fees are $160 for individuals, $170 for couples and family. My couple and family work is restricted to brief therapy for parenthood decision-making, fertility and adoption issues, or adaptation to illness or chronic pain. I do not do marital or family therapy otherwise, but refer my clients to specialists in that area.

Are you eager to read THE BABY DECISION: HOW TO MAKE THE MOST IMPORTANT CHOICE OF YOUR LIFE? The revised second edition will be available on Amazon July, 2016 in paperback and on kindle. Until then you can get the first edition on Amazon or at your public library.

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

Fertility and parenthood decision-making issues and planning for the transition to parenthood. I am the author of THE BABY DECISION, a contributor to OUR BODIES OURSELVES, and the former director of RESOLVE, the national infertility association. I am also a GoodTherapy topic expert for fertility issues.

My Role as a Therapist

In working with couples trying to decide whether or not to have children, working on becoming parents through fertility treatment or adoption, I reduce couple stress by teaching new ways of relieving stress, offer guidelines for constructive loving communication with humor and respect, and give self-exploration exercises and advice on decision-making and adapting to pregnany/parenting or to a childfree choice.

My Therapy Focus

I love the creative collaboration and intimacy of working together to lead you to freedom and peace of mind.

How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist

My own anxiety and physical tension as a young adult led to my growth through psychotherapy, meditation,relaxation training, and yoga. Experiencing emotional freedom as I got my training, married, had children, and wrote and published gives me firsthand knowledge of our great capacity for change.

Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Coaching
  • Consultation
  • Clinical Supervision

Ages I Work With

  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Parenthood decision-making (author of The Baby Decision, 2nd edition, available November 2014, Infertility, Calming anxiety through talk-therapy, mindfulness or hypnotherapy, turning anxiety into curiosity, anticipation, and energy

    Positive psychology: building on strengths, moving toward happiness

    Higher self-confidence and self-esteem through talking back to the critical voice


    Getting pregnant over 40

    Single mothers by choice

    Parenthood decision-making(author of The Baby Decision N.Y. Rawson Scribner's 1981)also transition to parenthood, staying close as a couple, managing friends/exercise/solitude

    couples disagreeing on whether to have a child

    adoption,donor egg/donor sperm: deciding,making it happen,adapting to parenthood


    stopping infertility treatment

    mindfulness/ mind-body connections

    hypnotherapy for insomia, anxiety, peak performance PMS, menopause,pain,surgery,public speaking,grief

    finding purpose/path/authentic voice through meditation, journal writing

    Narrative therapy: changing the direction your life story is going in rewriting the story for a more satisfying life, gettining distance from/perspective on your problems

    lovers of words who want to use storytelling, poetry reading and writing, journaling,essay writing, reading great literature for healing and insight

    writers, artists, performers: peak performance, risk-taking, blocks,fear of failure and success, silencing the critical voice, strengthening the inner muse/coach,
    creating your own cheering section by finding supportive,empowering people

    patients with chronic pain or illness


    patients with terminal illness: finding comfort physically, psychologically, spiritually; pain control,considering hospice, family communication and forgiveness, storytelling and life review, mindfulness practices for patients and families.

    grief or anticipatory grief

Client Concerns Within Your Scope of Practice

  • Abortion / Post Abortion Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Adoption / Reunion Issues
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Cancer
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Chronic Pain
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Fear
  • Fertility Issues
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Pregnancy and Birthing
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Religious Issues
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Shame
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness

Types of Therapy

  • Body-Mind Psychotherapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy /REBT
  • Contemplative Psychotherapy
  • Depth Hypnosis
  • Dreamwork and Dream Analysis
  • Emotion Focused Therapy
  • Existential Psychotherapy
  • Feminist Therapy
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Guided Therapeutic Imagery
  • Humanistic Psychology
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy
  • Journal Therapy
  • Jungian Psychotherapy
  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Other - Not Listed Here
  • Poetry Therapy
  • Positive Psychology
  • Positive Psychotherapy
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Sport / Fitness Psychology
  • Voice Dialogue

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