Lynn M Merkel, Review

Lynn M Merkel, Review

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by PDJ7, Jul. 31, 2015

incompetent + not ethical

* this reviewer has be with this therapist for 1 - 3 years
* this reviewer had 1 - 2 therapists before.
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All style and no substance
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by Houston, Jan. 15, 2014

I laughed when I read that someone called this marriage counselor delightful. That is not really a quality you should be looking for in a marriage counselor. I am sure that Lynn thinks she is very delightful because she likes to talk about herself and put on airs.  She's really boring and stuck up. All of that would be okay if she knew what she was doing but she doesnt. She tries to charm her clients (and she's not even that charming but she like to overstep appropriate boundaries) because otherwise they woudl leave becaise she obviously doesn't know what she is doing. She also doesn't seem to be worried when her work doesn't make things better because she thinks that her counseling should be a lifelong thing for the clients because she's so wonderful people should pay her for poor results and just keep seeing her forever so she has something to do. She likes to control clients and make them dependent on her so she can feel powerful. It's very disturbing. I wonder what her personal life must be like that she feels the need to do this. She also has terrible judgement and has made some disasterous suggestions. There are countless marriage counselors out there and some are great and some are awful. Unfortunately the awful ones can continue to ruin peoples lives and get away with it. You may have a harder time getting an appointment with a competent good marriage therapist with a great reputation but be patient because it is worth it. That's why they are so busy it's because the good ones are worth the wait. if you want to waaste your time with someone who thinks she is delightful and has a God complex and is all style and no substance then go see Lynn Merkel. She'll make you worse off and then convince you taht you have to keep seeing her indefinitely. Very pathetic and dishonorable.

* this reviewer has be with this therapist for 6 months - 1 year
* this reviewer had 1 - 2 therapists before.
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Resilient one
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by ResilientOne, May. 31, 2013

I have been seeing Lynn on and off since 2004. She is the first therapist to ever help me and with her I have grown into the adult I am today.  I could not have not gone through a terrible marriage then divorce, then the death of my father and now another tragedy in my family without her.  My new husband and I see her on occasion to keep things in perspective and we could not be more pleased.  Lynn works because she enjoys her work helping others, not because she has to.  She is truly a delightful person.  

* this reviewer has be with this therapist for 3 - 10 years
* this reviewer had 1 - 2 therapists before.
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by sunnyday, Feb. 21, 2013

Her insights and advice oversteped her knowledge and training and she made a lot of unfounded judgements that only made situations worse. We have since been seeing another counselor who is worlds different, much better and extremely effective.  The only good thing I can say about Mrs. Merkel is that it is easy to make an appointment with her on very short notice because she always has a lot of appointment openings free.

* this reviewer has be with this therapist for 6 months - 1 year
* this reviewer had 1 - 2 therapists before.
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Great Experience
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by Hope71, Feb. 17, 2013

I cannot say enough about Lynn Merkel.  She is warm and wise which is exactly what you want from a therapist.  I was shocked by how well her insights helped my husband and I. She is an excellent therapist and extremely considerate of your time.

* this reviewer has be with this therapist for <6 months
* this reviewer had 1 - 2 therapists before.
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Incompetent
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by Hous, Aug. 29, 2012

I had high hopes for this therapist but her advice was all wrong.  She is judgmental and makes sweeping statements without knowing the full story.  She is absolutely a disaster for relationships.  She doesn't know how to help clients build good ones, just tear down important ones. She is basically as good as a cheap therapy book on amazon when it comes to actual knowledge. People who come to see her are vulnerable and need help. She acts like some god who knows everything and she makes situations worse. This lady doesn't know what she's doing and if she thinks she is helping anyone she should see a psychiatrist.Maybe she hasn't earned enough for retirement yet so she's scamming off her poor confused clients.

* this reviewer has be with this therapist for <6 months
* this reviewer had 1 - 2 therapists before.
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by simmons 2012-10-27 16:11:10
I agree!  Mrs Merkel is totally incompetent.  Has a very big ego and no idea how ineffective she is.  She is over retirement age and should just get out of the business and spare her poor patients!!!!!  She's probably still working because she needs the money, because she surely isn't helping anyone. If you want to make progress don't see her.

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