CBT, ACT, and Couples Therapist
“As a therapist, it is always my first instinct to take the lead from my client. You are the expert when it comes to your life experiences. I am here to journey with you, to provide new skills, offer another perspective, and to encourage you on your path to emotional growth. Since every individual and couple is unique, every approach to treatment is different. We all have our own struggles and achievements, I work with you to help you identify your strengths and support you in working through challenges so that you can reach success in whatever way you define it. “
Training & Certifications
Meara’s Approach to Therapy
I am trained in multiple therapeutic interventions and orientations which allows me to customize my approach with each of my clients.
I employ cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) because it has been shown to be highly effective in treating a broad scope of symptoms while allowing clients and therapists to tailor treatment to the needs of the individual.
An enhancement of CBT that I employ is TEAM-CBT, which is a framework of testing, empathy, assessment of resistance, and methods used to enhance the effectiveness of all utilized therapeutic approaches.
Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) which is another approach that can help clients increase psychological and emotional flexibility while introducing strategies focused on acceptance and mindfulness. The goal is to bring about positive behavioral and emotional change, and to bring out the version of yourself best equipped to deal with the challenges of life.
When working with couples I utilize my training in the Gottman Method which is an evidence based couples therapy that helps couples improve their communication, deepen their friendship, and learn skills for effective conflict resolution in the relationship.
I look forward to working with you to determine which approach will be the most impactful for you based on your specific obstacles and goals.
More About Meara
“Your battles inspired me- not the obvious material battles but those that were fought and won behind your forehead.” – James Joyce
I am a dyed in the wool Midwesterner, born and raised along with my younger brother in Milwaukee, Wisconsin by parents with deep Irish roots. So much of my childhood there had a hand in shaping who I have become today. Some of my earliest memories include accompanying my then-social worker mother on client home visits in a baby carrier. My mother’s meaningful interactions with her clients inspired me at an early age. I always knew that I would work in a helping profession.
The call to help led me to my first career in teaching. I volunteered with AmeriCorps for two years. Upon completing my undergraduate degree, I became a social studies teacher working in both middle school and high school. My experience as a single mother working with students and raising my amazing and spirited daughter who is on the autism spectrum, offered me the opportunity to gain a wealth of knowledge and experience that I would not trade for anything. My daughter’s success has shown me firsthand that a diagnosis does not define a person or dictate their boundaries. I feel these experiences make me a valuable resource as a clinician.
In 2013 I realized that it was time for a change. I relocated to Washington state with my husband and daughter. I began the next chapter in my career which included pursuing my MA degree in Clinical Mental Health counseling and then completing licensure to work with couples and individuals as a psychotherapist.