Suzanne Merz, LCSW
Berkeley - 2855 Telegraph
Beginning psychotherapy can be a very difficult and overwhelming process for many who seek help. Suzanne’s practice focuses on cultivating a relationship without judgment, and with cultural humility and authentic curiosity. She strives to create a safe, warm, trusting, and informal space, often filled with humor and refreshing directness, in order to develop a partnership in achieving an individual’s personal treatment goals. Suzanne believes that the client is the expert of their own lives and that every individual has the capacity to increase their coping abilities with challenging emotions, trauma, and life transitions. She utilizes an integrated approach to therapy including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Narrative Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Somatic Experiencing techniques to match client’s challenges, style, comfort, and cultural background. Suzanne’s own personal journey with chronic pain has influenced her approach and passion for assisting others with managing their physical and mental pain through increasing inner awareness and connection between the mind, body, and spirit.
Suzanne is a licensed clinical social worker and has provided mental health services and case management for over 6 years predominantly with adolescent and young adults in community and school settings, including those underserved and survivors of community trauma, LGBTQIA, and culturally diverse populations in Special Education. In these roles, she provided psychotherapy, case management, advocacy, group therapy, crisis intervention and trauma-informed de-escalation, and conflict resolution. On Suzanne’s free time, she enjoys spending time in nature with friends and family, playing tennis, and catching up on her favorite comedy, psychology, and true crime podcasts.