Merrin Therapy

Take a step toward greater healing, peace, and fulfillment.

About Mariam Opincar Merrin

My name is Mariam Opincar Merrin. I hold a Masters of Arts in Counseling from Sonoma State University, California in 2001 and a Washington State mental health counselor license and a chemical dependency professional trainee license. Having gained valuable clinical experience in mental and behavioral health, juvenile justice, and educational settings, I provide a safe, healing space for people healing from addiction and partners and the family affected by another’s addiction; emotional, sexual, and physical trauma; anxiety and phobias; depression; and grief and loss.

I am a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS) and the Washington chapter (WACBS), as well as the Seattle Counselors Association (SCA), all of which keep me current in my practice and aware of mental and behavioral health issues.

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My client-centered therapeutic approach is tailored to the needs of each individual; however, my work is largely guided by evidence-based Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). This means that I partner with you to more fully access the present moment through acceptance of painful thoughts and feelings, which tend to pull us out of our lives. Through mindfulness techniques, you can move through your challenges, taking committed action in support of your values, rather than getting caught and staying stuck in reactive, addictive patterns.

I am especially passionate about working with individuals and families coping with addiction, codependency, and trauma. I provide therapy that gives you a safe place to vent intense feelings and gain support, which may otherwise trigger relapse in a loved one. Most often trauma, grief, anxiety and addiction are experienced simultaneously, so the treatment I offer considers all of these aspects.

My approach with individuals and families is also informed by diverse trainings, including Functional Family Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Positive Discipline, Second Step, Aggression Replacement Training, and a forthcoming graduate certificate in Addiction Studies. Additionally, I teach courses on family systems, lifespan development, applied social psychology, and chemical dependency in the Applied Behavioral Sciences B.A.S. and Social and Human Services A.A.S. programs at Seattle Central College. This benefits you in that I am dedicated to understanding the application of current research in the clinical setting.


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To schedule an appointment, please email me at or call (206) 486-0242.

The first session is comprehensive and is intended to be diagnostic. It generally takes 75-90 minutes. Subsequent sessions are typically 45 – 50 minutes. Fee for service is due at the end of the session. I am in the process of being in-network with a few insurance companies, so please contact me directly for more information; otherwise, I am an out-of-network provider and can provide you with a superbill to submit for insurance reimbursement. I encourage you to contact your insurance provider to understand to your benefits.

Cancellation Policy: If you need to cancel your appointment, please call or email me within 24 hours of your appointment. If you do not cancel within 24 hours, then you will be responsible for the full cost of the missed appointment.


Anxiety Support Group

Is anxiety keeping you trapped in worry and judgment? Is it keeping you from imagining a life worth living? Have your efforts to cope made you even more depressed, fatigued and isolated?

This group is designed to provide emotional support and practical tools to restore you to peace and freedom. Through experiential and reflective exercises, this therapy group will help you build skills to gain greater control and flexibility in dealing with stress, your ability to relax and focus, and your ability to connect more freely with others.

Since thoughts, behaviors and attitudes help to initiate and sustain change, we will use a mindfulness-based cognitive-behavioral approach, integrating ACT, CBT and DBT. To support your life direction and purpose, we will

Over the 8 sessions, you will have an opportunity to meet and share honestly with others who understand your challenges with depression and anxiety. Having support from others outside of your immediate circle can be an important step toward independence, resilience and empowerment. This group is a closed group, limited to 6 members who commit to all 8 sessions, so please call to see if it is right for you.

Time:               Next group to be announced

Location:        1107 NE 45th St. Suite 410

Seattle, WA 98105

Cost:               $50 per session paid at each session

Contact:          Mariam Opincar Merrin

(206) 486-0242



1107 NE 45th St. Suite 410
Seattle, WA 98105

My office is located in the University District Building. There is on-street parking on the two nearest cross streets, 11th Ave. NE or 12th  Ave. After exiting the elevator, Suite 410 is on your right.

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To schedule an appointment, please email me at, call (206) 486-0242 or use the contact form:

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