Merrie Haskins, MS, LPCC
Who I Help and How
Can you help me? That’s what you really need to know. I specialize in working with grief and loss, including ambiguous loss. It can be very confusing and society doesn’t make a place for it. Some examples: infertility, health conditions, a family member with a severe health condition, people who are missing, loving people who have a mental illness or addiction, caregivers. In all of these, you are mourning and trying to figure out some boundaries and define “healthy” for you and your relationships.
Approaches I use. I use cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). These help people to stay strong and sane in the face of some real struggles. I also use person-centered approaches that help me to listen better to what you want. I am certified as a Person-Centered Planner, which is an exciting way to help you take action in your life when the time is right.
This is a place just for you. For once it’s just about you and what you need! So it’s totally OK to cry! What you feel is real. You are an expert on what matters to you. Still, you’ll be challenged to think about yourself in some new ways. We’ll be working at using some new approaches that can relieve your pain.
My Training & Education. A Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in Minnesota, I have training and many hours of clinical supervision that involves observation and guidance. A state board provides oversight and I follow a code of ethics. Before I received my license, I attended graduate school at UW-Stout and received a Masters’ Degree (MS) in Mental Health Counseling in 2005. I’ve had additional training and experience in options counseling, helping people when they are adjusting to health changes, exploring choices and seeking help for care that make sense with your priorities.
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