Merrill Wood, LCMHCA


My Approach

My counseling practice is built on the belief that all individuals have the capacity to grow and change their lives in meaningful ways, even while walking through some of life’s most challenging transitions or experiencing symptoms related to mental illness.

Although we can feel most alone during our embarrassing, complicated, or painful moments, these experiences are often the most universally human. Deciding to attend therapy can be a difficult choice, but sharing our vulnerabilities and allowing our true selves to be seen is often what opens the door to healthy connection, empathy, insight, growth, support, and a greater understanding of ourselves & others.  In a counseling office, we are perfectly safe to be exactly who we are and explore who we want to be, without judgement or shame.

I specialize in the use of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and cognitive behavioral techniques.  My background includes work in hospital, community mental health, and residential treatment facilities.  In each of these locations, I’ve collaborated with clients in reducing anxiety or body image distress, cultivating resiliency, exploring LGBTQ+ identity, experiencing sexual health, managing family conflict, and processing experiences of pain, grief, guilt, or trauma.  I’ve spent time with individuals with a variety of diagnoses, including severe Eating Disorders, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Anxiety, Depression, Schizophrenia, and Bipolar. In summary: my role is to empower you in reaching whatever mental health, wellness, relationship, recovery,  education, or career goals you may have for yourself.

  • Treatment Specialties

  • Services Provided

  • Education

    M.S. Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
    B.S. Psychology, Magna Cum Laude,  Berry College.

  • Experience

    I have worked with clients in a variety of locations, including hospital, community mental health, and residential treatment facilities. Before joining Third Wave, I served at the University of North Carolina, in the Psychiatry Department’s Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health. While there, I supported a wide variety of clients, gaining clinical skills in assessment, crisis intervention, and employment support.  Additionally, I have completed basic training in Motivational Interviewing and I am currently working towards my certification in grief counseling and LGBTQ-affirmative counseling competencies.

  • Insurances

    Blue Cross Blue Shield (excluding Blue Home with UNC Health Alliance and HMO plans)

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