Merrill Black, L.C.S.W. is a cognitive behavior therapist who has been treating patients since 1987. She is a licensed clinical social worker who received her Masters at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work in 1987. Merrill also received additional cognitive behavioral training at the Institute for Behavior Therapy in New York City from 1989-1990. She has also received training for hypnosis at the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, as well as training in Past Life Regression from Brian Weiss, the author of “Many Lives, Many Masters”.
Merrill has been in private practice for several years and founded The Temperance Center in 2013. In her own practice, it’s her goal to provide a safe, nurturing, and calm environment.
This gentle and compassionate space is created so that the clients can comfortably explore their feelings and concerns in an open and honest manner. This peaceful and supportive environment also gives the client the opportunity to share the hopes and dreams they have for themselves and for their life.
Merrill’s overall philosophy is that the person has to be treated on all levels, Mind, Body, and Soul. This belief is approaching the person in their totality, not just treating parts of them, but healing their “Whole Self”. When healing their “Whole Self” ( Mind, Body, and Soul), the individual is able to create a more fulfilling, happy, and complete life.
Merrill treats a diverse population of children, teens, and adults. Among her specialties are Anxiety Disorders, such as Panic Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Phobias and Fears, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Trichotillomania, Dermatillomania, & other body focused repetitive behaviors.
Merrill uses a variety of modalities when working with patients, such as Reiki, Hypnosis, Mindfulness, Exposure Therapy, Systematic Desensitization, Cognitive Restructuring, Imagery and Visualizations, and Relaxation Techniques/RelaxationTraining.
Merrill received her Reiki training in the Usui tradition. She has been a Reiki Master since 2002, and incorporates this energy work into her treatment of others.
Hypnosis is also a modality that Merrill uses with her clients and at times an adjunct to Reiki to help deepen their relaxation; and connection to themselves. Past Life Regression is also a modality that is used to help clients explore, release, & deepen their understanding of their spiritual path in life.
Each session is different depending on who attends the group, what Merrill is guided to work on/share, and what is needed for the collective consciousness of the group
Merrill’s professional affiliations include The TLC Foundation for Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors, the Obsessive Compulsive Foundation, the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis,, Association For Comprehensive Energy Psychology, and the National Academy of Social Workers.
She has provided numerous workshops and training all over the United States through a variety of organizations and venues; offering her knowledge and treatment of Trichotillomania, Dermatillomania, as well as other Anxiety Disorders, Stress Management, Relaxation, Hypnosis, and Reiki.