Scott Mersino APCC
The simple truth is that therapy takes courage. Therapy is where you learn to face some of the hard things about your life. It’s about no longer trying to sweep the problems of life under the rug and acting like they aren’t there. You, being here, reading this, means you have courage, even if you don’t feel like you do. I’m excited to meet you there.
Expect to be welcomed with a smile whenever I greet you but also know that I’ll be ready to meet whatever energy you bring with you.
The goal within the first session is to get you direction and clarity about what you need, because it gives you the chance to start doing your life differently. Better. This process is all about you. Doing therapy is one of the most loving things you can give yourself.
It can be hard to find the right therapist. There are many and no two are the same. That’s why I’d encourage you to reach out and set up a consultation call or in-person meeting to see if we would be a good fit. It’s 100% complementary.
What to Expect
During our first few sessions together, we’ll review the journey you’ve taken to be where you are in life. We’ll spend time during these initial sessions exploring your goals and the reasons these problems brought you to therapy in the first place.
We first help you to develop understanding into the journey as we look back and connect the different pieces of your life together. You will find the patterns within these sessions that leave you feeling stuck and unable to progress to where they want to be.
Once we develop this understanding, you will have a clearer image of your guidepost: the next steps in your life you cab establish a direction, you can develop movement towards the goals of a healthier you.
At each stage, you continue to learn more and more about you as you develop traction in self-work in order to reach goals you never realized you had.
How Do I Do It
I use a style called Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) to help explore the dynamics between your thoughts, emotions, and actions. Its similar to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy but with an emotional side.
I as use parts of Carl Roger’s Person-Centered Therapy in order to help clients see themselves as inherently valuable. I help people develop an unconditional positive regard for themselves, an important attribute to a fulfilling life that most of us are missing.
This is a fancy way of saying I help people love themselves more fully, be more confident, and worry less about what others think of them.
I also use Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy to help couples learn how to develop deeper connection with each other.
Therapy is most effective when people are ready to see change happen in their life. When you engage in the process of therapy, life changes can happen. That doesn’t mean that dramatic changes are immediately on the horizon; nothing permanent ever comes quick. But therapy is a catalyst for the change you want to see. If you put the work in, expect to see work happen.
My own journey to becoming a therapist started with my childhood question “Why do people do what they do?” Throughout my education, I have found many answers. And the more I know, the more I realize how much more there is to learn. I am still finding new answers all the time, and I constantly apply what I learn in my therapeutic process with clients. I am a neuroscience nerd, and I love to bring in knowledge about how the brain works in order to help people develop a deeper understanding of their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.
I received my bachelor’s degree in Psychology from CSU Monterey. I received my master’s degree in Professional Clinical Counseling online with Liberty University. I gained my pre-graduate hours working with adults in transitional living, as well as in a locked mental rehabilitation facility. I am certified as a Grief Counselor from PESI. I have received training in WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Planning) and EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy).
When not helping people in therapy, I spend most of time with my wife and our two young girls. This is the most vital part of their young development, and it only comes once. I am most fulfilled when I spend quality time with them, which could be at home, a park, playground, visiting extended family, or exploring new places.