Hi! I’m Lissa Khema Merkel, an LCSW in Los Angeles, California. I specialize in treating drug and alcohol addiction.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Los Angeles, CA
Looking at the feelings-thoughts-behavior model of traditional CBT is what I use to assist you. We examine beliefs and negative thoughts that have been standing in the way of your living a happy and fulfilling life. Together, we change your thinking patterns and therefore your outcomes.
Coaching, for me, is about setting and achieving goals in the moment. Assisting you in finding your heart’s desire and then setting out to bring those things into your life now is what coaching is all about.
I have several years of experience in addiction counseling and am a Licensed Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor in California. I have worked in the Intensive Outpatient Program setting as well as directly in the client’s home.
Treating depression takes time and desication and I understand that both of those elements are needed to make good progress. I utilize CBT in changing thought patterns that can cause or prolong depression.
Drug addiction is a tough issue to struggle with- it affects all areas of your life. I have devoted my professional life to the treatment of addiction and look forward to hearing your story and helping you to get into the solution.
Alcohol can be one of the worst drugs to struggle with because of the ease of accessibility and social acceptance. Addiction to it can be devestating and I want to help you get your life from where you are now to where you want it to.