Carlye Mercer, LLPC, LLMFT

Meet the Therapist: Carlye Mercer, LPC, LMFT

In Meet the Therapist, Therapy by Kalamazoo Therapy Group

What do you specialize in?

I specialize in couples and individuals experiencing relationship-related issues and life transitions. Transitions may increase stress and heightened emotions, such as anger and anxiety, which can be difficult to manage and clearly communicate. I strive to assist my clients in developing the skills to voice their needs and set boundaries in a healthy manner.

What can clients expect when they first come to therapy? How would you describe a typical session with you?

Clients can expect a first session to begin with an introduction of the therapist, style of therapy, and expectations. After the therapist introduction, the client is encouraged to discuss prior experiences with therapy, specifically what they found helpful and what they did not. They are given the space to explain what is bringing them into therapy and some of their goals and expectations for therapy. The counselor and client collaborate to develop a treatment plan that can include talk therapy, educational materials, skill development, etc. The sessions have a loose structure to work toward goals while still allowing the client to lead and discuss whatever may be on their mind in the moment.

What is your personal style as a therapist?

My style as a therapist is solution focused and goal directed. My clients and I work towards goals through self-exploration and skill development. I will be engaged in the sessions and have direct feedback and insight for my clients to promote deeper thinking, self-awareness, and personal growth.

How have you seen therapy benefit your clients?

I have seen therapy benefit my clients in various ways. The most common benefits my clients get to experience are self exploration and emotional understanding that lead to self awareness. They also develop coping skills and communication techniques that can be useful in every day life situations.

What do you think are the most important considerations when looking for a therapist?

It is important to find a therapist you can connect with, after all, the therapeutic connection is one of the most important aspects of therapy. A client should understand the therapist’s approach and make sure that it will meet their therapeutic goals and needs. The client should seek out a therapist who makes them feel safe and supported when working towards positive change and growth.

What do you hope your clients walk away with?

My hope for my client is simple: I want my clients to know what a safe space feels like and learn to communicate their needs with the techniques we practice in session. I will not guarantee for a client to be “all better”, but I will provide resources within my scope of practice to help my client gain self awareness and coping skills to practice when working towards personal growth.

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