Therapy & Counseling, Lake Oswego

"A failure is not always a mistake, it may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is not trying."-B. F. Skinner

About Deborah Mertlich, LCSW

I am a Clinical Social Worker licensed in Oregon and Washington. I have worked with individuals and families for over 15 years. I currently specialize in working with children, adolescents, adults and families who are challenged by anxiety disorders. These disorders include;Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Pediatric OCD, Panic Disorder, Health Anxiety Disorder(s), Specific phobias, Social Anxiety Disorder, Selective Mutism, Separation Anxiety Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) and Anxiety related to medical conditions.

I received my Bachelors degree from Utah State University and my Masters Degree in Social Work from Washington University, St. Louis. My focus was Mental Health and Health issues with a specialization in Family Therapy. I did my clinical training at Washington University School of Medicine under the supervision of Michael Harris, PhD. I received additional training specializing in anxiety disorders from Robert McLellarn, PhD at the Anxiety and Panic Treatment Center, LLC.

Furthermore, I was the primary therapist on two family therapy research studies at Washington University School of Medicine. Additionally, I was integral in implimenting a transitions program in Portland, Oregon for adolescents with type 1 diabetes who were adjusting to college and work settings. Within this project my team build the curriculum for the adolescents and their families. I worked at Legacy Children’s Hospital in the pediatric diabetes clinic for 5 years, where I provided counseling services and resources to families. I was a guest lecturer at Washington University in St. Louis and continue in that role at Lewis & Clark College.

I offer various services to meet the needs of the individual or family. In addition to individual and family therapy, I offer Intensive programs focused on anxiety, and parent workshops. I provide consulting and education to schools, medical clinics and mental health agencies. I collaborate with schools and mental health professionals to provide the best treatment for my clients and their families.