Rachel Merlin, DMFT, LMFT, M.S.Ed
Experienced Relationship Specialist
Florida Marriage Counselor • Florida Therapist • Florida Life Coach • Florida Premarital Counseling • Denver Blended Family Therapist • Online Marriage Counselor • Online Therapist • Online Life Coach • Online Premarital Counseling • Breakup Therapy / Divorce Recovery
My clients would describe my style as warm, empathetic, direct, kind, and honest. I use evidence-based approaches and techniques and help guide your work by asking thought-provoking questions, while being simultaneously sensitive and supportive of your needs and goals.
I have a great deal of experience in helping people make positive changes in many different areas: developing yourself as an individual, healing and growing after a breakup or divorce, attaining important personal or self-improvement goals, and creating satisfying relationships.
Regardless of the type of growth we’re working towards, I strongly believe in providing you with ‘homework’ to focus on between sessions, so that you can use that time to practice and strengthen areas discussed in previous sessions. The more you practice skills or approaches that we discuss during sessions, the more quickly you will create changes in your life.
Relationship Coaching and Couples Counseling
I specialize in relationships. I have both a Master’s Degree in counseling and a doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy. Additionally, I am a Level II Gottman-trained couples counselor, a trained facilitator in the Collaborative Process of Divorce, and I am licensed as a marriage and family therapist in Florida. In addition to my work with clients, I also provide supervision to marriage and family therapist candidates in the State of Florida.
Relationship Coaching For Individuals: I primarily assist people with creating improvements in their relationships, which leads to a more satisfactory life experience. When working with individual clients, I typically work with people who are looking to improve their relationships or to process breakups, divorces, and separations. I find narrative, cognitive behavioral, and solution-focused coaching techniques to be effective in eliciting change with individual clients.
Couples Counseling and Relationship Coaching For Couples: I also work with couples to help them create healthier, better balanced, and fulfilling relationships. Small changes often lead to bigger changes, and I work with couples to identify areas of growth and to build skills to strengthen those areas.
Frequently, couples seek counseling or coaching to improve the quality and effectiveness of their communication, and I enjoy equipping couples with the skills to help them better navigate conversations and conflict.
In the event that a couple is contemplating separation, I create a safe environment where we can explore options and determine the best course of action for their relationship. I use the Gottman Method, motivational interviewing, and a solution-focused orientation to help couples achieve growth and clarity in their relationships.
Family Therapy and Parent Coaching
I work with families to help relatives coexist more peacefully and effectively, through parent coaching or relationship coaching. Family conflict is an extremely common issue, and I use narrative techniques and a solution-focused orientation to help families cultivate more amicable dynamics. Oftentimes, families experience conflict due to ineffective communication skills, a life-changing event (such as a job loss), or normative life cycle change events (such as adolescents going off to college).
When families are facing more serious issues such as mental health concerns, I can provide family therapy services to residents of Florida. Couples and family therapy can be extremely helpful for relationships that are being impacted by challenging issues, such as a family member living with a mental or physical illness. Therapy can benefit families struggling with these types of issues because it offers a safe space to process events and to model effective communication.
Individual Therapy Online and in Florida
In addition to my work as a relationship coach, as an LMFT, I am able to provide therapy to residents of Florida. I know how difficult it can be to seek counseling, and I appreciate the opportunity to help individuals address their struggles with anxiety or depression.
I received my Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), with a Major in Psychology, from the University of Miami. I also earned my Master’s of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.), with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy, from the University of Miami. Most recently, I achieved my Doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy (DMFT) from Nova Southeastern University. I maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout my doctoral studies and was invited to join Delta Kappa, the International Marriage and Family Therapy Honor Society.
I am Level II Gottman trained, a trained Facilitator in the Collaborative Process, and I am a Florida Qualified Supervisor.
I have a pet dog named Snickers who sometimes accompanies me to my in-office sessions (and is always around during my video sessions!). I love to travel and try new foods. Living in Florida, I don’t get to hike very often, but I love to do so when I can! I am an avid reader and am often reading one book for pleasure and one therapy-related book at any given time.