Creating Empowered, Strong & Lasting Relationships
Maria P. Mercado LPC, NCC
Certified Gottman Therapist & EMDR Certified
A little about me, I was born and raised in Puerto Rico. Lived in Virginia for 20 years until we moved to Alabama in 2021. am the proud wife of a retired Navy sailor and the mother of five wonderful sons raised in a blended family. Our faith is a primary source of strength in our family.
My development as a counselor started in high school in a psychology class. I quickly became fascinated with human behavior and how it could open the path for me to help others. I completed a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and my Master's in Marriage, Family & Child Counseling.
Reflecting on how my experiences have shaped who I am today as a counselor, I can deeply relate to many of the challenges my clients experience.
Having personally experienced divorce, remarrying, and the complexities of raising children, some with special needs in a blended family, are some of those experiences. I also experienced the blessings and challenges of military life with my husband until he retired. Access to therapy was critical and helpful as we faced seasons of challenge and grew up together.
My faith and family are my driving forces. All the experiences we have had have made me even more committed to offering support to others.
Despite our challenges, we have grown and become