Susan Merrick LCSW, DCSW, LLC, Clinical Social Work in Portland, Oregon, 97232

Susan Merrick


Susan Merrick


Not Accepting New Clients
Professions: Clinical Social Worker
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LCSW - 6896
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
  • Cigna
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • Optum
  • Pacific Source
Fees: Range $120 - $180 for individuals
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650 NE Holladay Street
Suite 1600
Portland, Oregon 97232

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My Approach to Helping

My approach is to see each person as a unique individual, with a lifetime of experiences, influenced by relationships and shaped by all the systems around them. I work from a strengths-based perspective and believe strongly in innate human resiliency and drive toward healing. I enjoy adapting my style and identifying the best combination of theoretical and practice approaches for each client. Our superficial culture tends to be future-focused and often leads us to engage in relationships, careers, and activities that are not necessarily in our best interests. While having goals is certainly important in life, these skewed values often distract people from being present in the moment in their own lives and can leave people with substantial regrets. It is often a trauma, such as a significant loss or a diagnosis of cancer, for example, that "hits people in the head with a brick" and throws them into crisis and searching for meaning.

More Info About My Practice

My understanding of trauma led me to be trained in EMDR trauma reprocessing, an empirically based technique that helps relieve the painful emotions and negative beliefs that can persist after trauma, that often does not resolve, even with years of talk-therapy alone. EMDR can be dramatically life-changing.

My Guiding Ethical Principles

I chose Clinical Social Work over other degree programs, because when I read the Code of Ethics, I found my self, my values and my guiding principles embedded throughout the document.

The core values are: Service; Social Justice; Dignity and worth of the person; Importance of human relationships and Integrity. I balance these core values and the principles that flow from them in my work with each client's own context and complexity of their experiences.

To read the full NASW Code of Ethics, please go here:

How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist

I believe the most helpful therapists have experienced and overcome difficulty in their own lives. I have experienced and understand depression and anxiety, among other issues, and am an extremely fortunate nearly 28-year survivor of a rare and aggressive cancer, found early and by chance. I have been helped by extremely skilled therapists who guided me through my own existential crisis, heal, and find my passion to "pay it forward" by helping others. I obtained the education, gained the skills and built nearly 25 years of clinical experience in medical and public health settings, and engage in ongoing clinical training, all of which equip me to be "that therapist" for others.

Services I Provide

  • Clinical Supervision
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Cancer Survivorship

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Anxiety
  • Cancer
  • Depression
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • HIV / AIDS
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Perfectionism
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Shame
  • Spirituality
  • Terminal Illness
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
  • Humanistic Psychology (humanism)
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Object Relations
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)
  • Psychodynamic
  • Systems Theory /Therapy

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