Sonja Merz,MA, LMFT

Sonja Merz,MA, LMFT

Telehealth Available
Professions: Marriage & Family Therapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Marriage and Family Therapist - LF 60070301
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Aetna
  • First Choice Health
  • Kaiser
  • LifeWise
  • Premera
  • Premera Blue Cross
  • UniCare
Fees: $180 per 50 min session
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Bellevue, Washington 98008

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My Approach to Helping

I specialize working with couples, individuals and families. I support each individual's life style choices and will help you achieve your chosen goals. When there is full understanding of a problem, yet find the same cycle recreated, I will help you successfully break out of the emotional cycles that are difficult to alter. I offer a safe place to explore concerns about relationships, parenting, marriage, transition, occupation, separation, depression, stress, trauma, and anxiety. I specialized in internal family system, human development, and healing trauma since 1995.

More Info About My Practice

I accept many insurance policies. Please check with your insurance company to inquire what costs are covered under your plan. My fee is $180 for 50 minute sessions. For additional information please visit my website

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

My main theoretical Influences are Interpersonal Neurobiology, Internal Family Systems, and Emotionally Focused Therapy.
Emotionally Focused Therapy helps to effectively breaks out of auto pilot, by helping a person successfully change relationship cycles which prevent us from achieving personal goals.
Interpersonal Neurobiology examines the complexities and limits of inner experience. It identifies what needs to happen for successful change to occur, and explains why we get stuck and unable to change. When understanding how our brain works a person can successfully alter relationships, emotional struggles, to be able to achieve personal goals.

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults


  • English

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Bipolar
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Communication Problems
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Irritability
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Phobias
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Sexuality / Sex Therapy
  • Shame
  • Stress
  • Workplace Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Emotion Focused Couples Therapy
  • Emotion Focused Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
  • Family Attachment Narrative Therapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Gottman Method
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB)
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Neuropsychology
  • Object Relations
  • Self Psychology
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

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