Katie Merrill, LCSW
10350 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, California 90025
I specialize the treatment of OCD, anxiety spectrum disorders such as Social Anxiety Disorder, GAD, BDD, Health Anxiety, Panic Disorder, and Specific Phobias. I utilize Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and CBT. I furthermore specialize in the treatment of Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRBs – e.g. Dermatillomania, Trichotillomania, and nail biting/Onychophagia). I utilize structured awareness training, mindfulness skills, cognitive therapy, and habit reversal techniques. I operate from a humanistic, client-centered stance through which you will learn tools to manage difficult behaviors and cultivate deeper self-acceptance. I will be starting a BFRB treatment group on Monday evenings.
I have worked for many years in community mental health, where I have had the opportunity to serve diverse communities and cultures throughout Los Angeles. I pride myself on my cultural curiosity and humility.
Facilities accessible by clients of all mobility levels (ADA accessible): Yes
I hold a Master of Social Work (MSW) from UCLA and a BA in Psychology from UC Berkeley. I have had extensive training in Exposure and Response Prevention, ACT, and CBT for specific treatment of OCD and Anxiety related disorders at OCD Specialists. I am trained in the ComB Comprehensive Behavioral Model) for BFRBs by Trichotillomania Learning Center (TLC). I have further training in CBT for OCD and BFRBs from CBT School.
In working a therapist at community mental health agencies, I have had extensive cultural diversity training. I have attended numerous trainings to promote cultural competency in working with individuals experiencing trauma. I have furthermore attended EDGY (Embracing the Diversity of GLBTQ Youth and Families) Conference as well as a Supporting LGBTQIA+ Communities Training.