Merritt Mental Health seeks to collaborate with talented psychotherapists in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York City, and Nashville, Tennessee. Please contact us to tell us what clinical services you provide, where you practice, and whether you are in- or out-of-network with insurance panels.
Dr. Merritt’s Background in Psychotherapy
Dr. Merritt is a physician and a psychotherapist. He considers psychotherapy to be a vital humanistic treatment at the center of healing mental illness and addiction.
His therapy training at Stanford centered on psychodynamic theory and practice, informed heavily by the critical works of Carl Rogers in humanistic psychology, John Bowlby and Mary Main in attachment theory, and Aaron Beck in the cognitive treatment of depression. Since his residency, Dr. Merritt’s psychotherapy practice has expanded beyond this foundation to include cognitive-behavioral strategies derived principally from Albert Ellis’ Rational-Emotive-Behavior Therapy and the broad application of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy and stress-reduction techniques.
After completing his residency training at Stanford, Dr. Merritt opened psychiatry practices in San Francisco and Palo Alto which specialized in combination psychotherapy-pharmacology in the treatment of adolescents and adults. At the same time he served for six years on the Clinical Faculty at Stanford supervising residents in medication management and psychotherapy.
His dedication to psychotherapy and to kind, empathic interactions with all patients and family members has been recognized twice, first by Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, where he received his medical degree, and then by Stanford, where he completed his training in psychiatry. Case Western Reserve awarded Dr. Merritt its Humanism in Medicine Award in 1998. Stanford awarded him the Gulevich Award in Psychotherapy and Humanistic Psychiatry in 2002.
In addition to consulting across the spectrum of psychiatric diagnoses, Dr. Merritt maintains a part-time psychotherapy practice in San Francisco, treating individuals and couples. His couples work is chiefly grounded in the studies, insights, and techniques of Sue Johnson and Emotionally Focused Therapy and Albert Ellis and Rational-Emotive-Behavior Therapy.