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How and Why I Created an Alternative to Therapy

For my first blog, it makes sense to share how and why I came up with this new and beneficial way to help more people with their psychological and social stressors on an as needed basis. The idea came to me one night while I was talking with friends about all the people who are not being helped due to the stigma of therapy.

I did more research and asked why people would hesitate getting therapy. “I don’t want someone to just sit there and listen,” said R.B., “ I’m paying good money and I want qualified feedback and direction from the professional I put my trust in.”

H.M. told me, “I am interested in going to therapy but don’t know where to start, I don’t want to tell my story ten times before I find the right fit.”

I realized it was time for someone who was already a licensed therapy professional to improve the line of communication between providers and clients. The reality is that in today’s world, many therapists will work with people on a short-term basis and be very directive and focused on what their client perceives as the problem and that many of us do not just listen!

I decided to provide and entirely new method of helping people by offering an alternative to therapy. In my methods, we will not go into deep psychological underpinnings of the “why” but will focus on the immediate issue of “how” to address (and hopefully) resolve your day-to-day stressors.

Check out the testimonials section of my website to see some examples of types of issues I work on and read some of the comments from my clients. A good rule of thumb is to think about those things that keep you from getting a good night’s sleep (relationship/dating problems, family member with a mental illness or addiction, workplace politics, etc).

If you want therapy but don’t know where to start, I am a great resource to help you navigate the pool of available therapists, insurance carriers and those with expertise in your specific issue. I will assist you in finding the right therapeutic fit.

An Immediate Sense of Progress and Empowerment

“Seeking support and guidance from Merrett has been one of the best things I’ve done for myself. It’s always difficult taking that first step in asking for help, but from the start I’ve experienced an immediate sense of progress and empowerment as she helped me to identify, understand, and in due course overcome problems that previously seemed undefeatable. She is very easy to open up to, and genuinely accepting. So, take the first step – you won’t be sorry”. LH, San Jose

Get Advice, Insight and Clear and Objective Solutions

“Merrett has given me advice on everything from parenting to dealing with sticky situations at work. She has a gift for getting to the heart of the problem quickly and offering a clear and objective solution. She has been a useful resource for me to get advice and insight on situations that I needed sound, helpful and productive direction on. Share It with Merrett has been a valuable resource for me when I need that objective advice on a subject without spending a lot of time and money running around finding a counselor. I highly recommend her service!!!” Laurel, Discovery Bay

Sometimes, There Really IS a Quick Fix!

“I highly recommend Share It with Merrett if you are looking for solutions to problems needing a quick fix. She has the expertise and credentials to support her abilities. I would use her again in a minute!” Debbie, Sunnyvale

Creative, Compassionate Problem Solving

“Merrett had a very unique way of helping me thru more than one problem that I was grappling with over the years. Merrett was quick to ascertain the scope of the problem and what it meant to me. She combined both her keen logic and creativity when approaching the problem that needed to be solved. She did it with compassion and often was able to aid me in finding the humor in the the problem, which was also helpful in ratcheting down the intensity of my own feelings regarding whatever problem I brought her. It also provided me with a new perspective.” Anonymous

Honest, Common Sense Advice

“Merrett is one of the most down to earth people I know. I’ve known her for many years, first as a client, then as a friend. I can always count on her for honest opinions, support, and common sense. Not only that, but she’s smart, funny, and fun to be with!”  Terri, Los Gatos

Straight-Forward, Helpful Advice on Relationship Issues

“I sought out Merrett’s advice before meetings with my soon to be ex-wife during contentious divorce meetings and she would always help me keep my priorities straight and get a hold of my negative emotions. She has a straight-forward approach that really worked for me while always keeping things light and reminding me of what was important. I highly recommend you “Share It With Merrett” if you want informed, helpful advice on relationship issues.” Ed, San Jose

Helping High Conflict Divorces With Sound Advice

“I’ve gone through a horrible divorce and custody battle over my son.  Merrett helped empower me with confidence, courage and a lot of compassion.  There is nothing worse than feeling like the system is against a parent that is trying to fight for their child.  But with her advice, I have overcome the system and so has my child.  Life is wonderful, and I continue to see her whenever I need the best advice.” Theresa, San Jose