Lissa Merkel


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

  • Free Initial Consultation
  • Contact
  • Individual
  • Couples
  • Family
  • Adolescent/Teen

About My Clients

Are you struggling with an addiction to drugs or alcohol? Do you promise yourself that you’ll quit in the morning only to use again by night? I understand that suffering and want to help you get the things back in life that you may have lost: choice, control, relationships, jobs...

My Background and Approach

My background is in addiction treatment. I received my Masters from the University of Wisconsin-Madison is Social Work and my Bachelors from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater also in Social Work. I began my career as a case manager in an Intensive Outpatient Program treating drug and alcohol addiction. I was promoted to therapist. At the same time, I earned my certificate from UCLA in Drug and Alcohol Counseling in an 18 month program which has lead to my becoming a Licensed Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LAADC) in California. My approach is to assist you in gaining clarity around patterns in your life and driving forces behind past and current decisions that have been guiding you. I help you gain a better understanding of yourself.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I am dog-mom to the World’s Greatest Italian Greyhound, Lillian. She is my biggest, and only, fan when I practice my Les Paul guitar- her ears shoot up when I hit a bad note. Tough crowd. I love Wes Anderson movies and writing, mostly Morning Pages and journal entries . When I was in high school I wanted to be a female Nikki Sixx. Then I wanted to write the great American novel. I became a therapist because I believe in being of service to others. I am in Recovery.

I have experience with the following
  • Christianity
  • Judaism

At A Glance

  • Experience: 6 years of practice
  • Rate: $125 - 175/session

Contact Lissa