Psychotherapists & Counselors Member List

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  • Alison Mertz, Registered Associate CSW

  • ACSW | 88725
  • Suzanne Vargas | LCSW 79703 (if applicable)
  • Contact Information

  • https://suzannevargaslcsw.com/therapists/
  • 38970 Blacow Rd Ste C Fremont, California 94536
  • (510) 473-2050
  • About Alison Mertz Registered Associate CSW

  • Adolescents, Anxiety/Panic, Body Size Diversity, Depression, Grief and Loss, Immigration/Acculturation, LGBQIA, Parenting, Self Harm/Self Injury, Trans and Gender Nonconforming, Trauma/PTSD
  • English
  • Sliding Scale / Low Fee
  • Experiential/Somatic Therapy
  • Cigna
  • Genderfluid
  • White/European American
  • Alison Marie Mertz is an Associate Clinical Social Worker (CA #88725) who specializes in working with LGBTQIA teens, adults, and seniors. I seek to provide warm, inviting, collaborative therapy within an intentionally anti-oppressive context. I use humor, body-centered (somatic) techniques, and the strength of our client-therapist relationship to explore and invoke personal and collective change. I am a graduate of UC Berkeley’s Master of Social Welfare program and a student in Widener University’s Advanced Training in Affirmative Therapy with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Communities.

    Some core beliefs that inform my work include:
    I believe that people evolve, with their own unique qualities and resiliencies, in relationship with the systems around them. I believe that healing must include meeting basic needs for health, housing, nutrition, and community. I believe in health at every size. I believe that the effects of colonization and systemic oppression are felt deeply- mentally, physically, spiritually, and emotionally – by all of us, but especially by those most impacted. I believe healing and change are possible and attainable.

    Let’s work towards it, together.

    Alison works with teens, transitional age youth, adults, and older adults.

    Her fee is $130 for individuals and she accepts Cigna.