Therapist Profile

Name:
Merrilee Nolan Gibson, PsyD
Professional Title:
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Email:
Location:
PO Box 88 San Carlos, CA 94070
Phone:
(650) 637-9511
License Number
LMFT34706
Practicing Since:
1998
Additional Licenses:
MFT

Personal Statement

Personal Statement:
My therapeutic orientation with adults and teens is client-centered and humanistic, based especially on the work of Carl Rogers and Virginia Satir. Rogers felt it was important for a therapist to listen “acceptantly” to the client. This approach models for the client the notion of listening to oneself, and also encourages a non-judgmental self-acceptance. Satir encouraged the healing potential within each client; the therapist’s task to help the client to find and utilize their own resources. She compared this process to that of nurturing a flower to grow and blossom, a therapeutic image I particularly like. With children, I use the non-directive (also called child-centered) play therapy model of Virginia Axline, who studied with Rogers. The principle goal is to remove impediments to the child's development while offering the child a unique opportunity for enhanced expression and growth. Child-centered play therapy is a complete therapeutic system that is appealing to children and parents and has proven efficacy in use with a varied range of presenting issues from mild to severe.

About My Practice

Office Hours
Office Downtown San Mateo, Mondays, Saturdays, & by appointment. Separate Play Therapy Room
Services
Individual, Couple, Child, Teen and Family Therapy Theoretical Orientation Client-centered/Humanistic Play Therapy for Children from Age 3 Principles of mindfulness are used with all ages.
Insurance
Credit Cards Accepted
None
Free Initial Consult
No
Offers Teletherapy
None

Education

Degrees
M.A., Counseling Psychology, University of Notre Dame de Nemour, 1995 Psy.D., Psychology, Marriage Family Therapy emphasis, Ryokan College, 2011

Area of Specialty

Specialites:
Adolescents
Anxiety
Attachment Therapy
Children
Childhood Trauma
Communication Skills
Couples
Creativity
Depression/Clinical Depression
Divorce/Dissolution
Elder/Geriatrics/Gerontology
Expressive Art Therapies
Families
Individual
Life Transitions/Mid-Life Issues
Parenting
Persons With Disabilities
Play Therapy
Post Traumatic Stress Disorders
Relationships
Self Esteem/Personal Growth
Single Parents
Step/Blended Families
Stress
Trauma

Other

Theoretical Orientation
Art/Movement/Psychodrama
Attachment
Brief/Solution Focused Therapy
Cognitive-Behavioral
Communications
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
Eclectic (Many Therapies)
Humanistic/Existential
Satir
Certifications
Languages Spoken
English
Ethnicity

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