Emily Merryweather, M.A, NCC, LPCC, is a licensed clinical counselor (LPCC 4676) with extensive experience working with children, adolescents, college students, adults, and seniors. Given her unique training and experience in school, medical, and home settings, Emily provides speciality therapy services for anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and loss, chronic pain, health and physical symptoms, stress, palliative care, and caregiver support.

Emily’s expertise integrates mindfulness, palliative care, trauma focused cognitive-behavioral therapy, positive psychology, psychodynamic therapy, family systems therapy, and parent guidance.

Emily meets with clients and families at the office, in their homes, and at hospitals and care centers.  

Emily has extensive experience in school settings, and her expertise lies in school and home observations and interventions for parenting, behavioral, developmental, chronic pain, health issues, and palliative care.

As an expert leader in Mindfulness, Emily also provides a comprehensive program of 6-8 sessions of Mindfulness training for children, adolescents, and adults, in addition to specialized Mindfulness workshops geared towards mind-body healing. Emily has extensive experience in leading these workshops in clinical, college, and high school settings.

Emily is a faculty member at California State University, San Marcos and a clinical advisor at the CSU’s Institute for Palliative Care at CSUSM.

Using a bio-psycho-social perspective, Emily conducts assessments, diagnoses and treatment planning, crisis management, and evidence-based behavioral health interventions. Emily’s gentle and calm approach enables her to quickly build strong therapeutic alliances with adolescents, college students, adults, and seniors, and trusting partnerships among family members, teachers, and providers to create comprehensive, cohesive treatment plans that fully meet the needs of children, teenagers, adults, and seniors. She received her M.A. from University of San Diego.

Emily Merryweather, M.A., NCC, LPCC, is a licensed clinical counselor (LPCC 4676).


University of San Diego, M.A. Counseling, Clinical Mental Health.
Northeastern Illinois University, B.A.
National Certified Counselor.
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor.Faculty, California State University, San Marcos.

Member of an interdisciplinary research and therapy team at the University of California, San Diego, Family Medicine and Public Health studying positive therapeutic outcomes.
Served as Faculty Director for the CSU Institute for Palliative Care.

Faculty teaching classes on Positive Psychology,  Mindfulness, and Self-Compassion.

CSUSM’s Faculty of the Year for Service Learning (2018).

Leading a 2 week international study abroad on Positive Psychology in Australia using mindfulness and self-compassion as part of  core content.

Mindfulness workshops for college students.
High School Youth Resiliency Workshops.
Monarch Schools Counselor.
Peer Mentoring Workshops and Consultation.
CSUSM 3-Week Mindfulness Workshops.
Faculty Committee for a Mindful CSUSM.
One on One Mentoring, Faculty Mentoring Program for 1st Generation College Students.
Faculty Learning Committee on Compassion.
Dignity Therapy Workshops.
Service Learning Leadership for Community Involvement.


Select Publications

  • Hamill, S. B., Merryweather, E., Lim, L., Myers, S., & Hamby, J. (2017). K-12 Teacher and Counselor Toolkit. Workbook, California State University, San Marcos.
  • Montross-Thomas, L. P., Merryweather, E., Trejo, A. N., & Porensky, E. K. (2017). Sidewalk Chalk Art: A Creative Way To Engage Millennials in Palliative Care. Journal of Palliative Medicine.
  • Hamill, S. B., & Merryweather, E. (2017). Peer Counselor Workbook. Manuscript, Youth Resiliency Project, CA State University, San Marcos.

Emily Merryweather’s Specializations:

  • Adults
  • Adolescents 
  • Children
  • College Students
  • Seniors

Emily Merryweather’s Expertise:

  •  Anxiety
  •  Caregiver Issues
  •  Child Development
  • Chronic Pain
  •  Depression
  •  Grief/Loss
  •  Health Related Issues
  •  Mindfulness
  •  Palliative Care
  • Parenting
  •  Resiliency and Coping Skills
  •  Stress-Reduction
  •  Trauma Related Issues

Emily Merryweather’s Treatment Approaches:

  •  Mindfulness
  •  Palliative Care
  •  Family Systems Therapy
  •  Positive Psychology
  •  Psychodynamic Therapy
  •  Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  •  School and Home Observations and Interventions Groups

With children and adolescents, Emily utilizes mindfulness, positive psychology, attachment theory, resiliency and coping interventions, family therapy, and a holistic, developmental approach to presenting struggles.

Emily Merryweather, LPCC also provides school and home observations and interventions.

With college students and adults, Emily utilizes mindfulness, positive psychology, psychodynamic therapy, and stress-reduction interventions to facilitate change, insight, coping, and resiliency.

With a collaborative approach, treatment will focus on providing you and your family with new coping tools, adaptive life skills, enhancing existing strengths, and insight into everyday behaviors that promote a positive and healthy life with purpose and balance.

Emily collaborates closely with Aspiring Families’ team, parents, schools, pediatricians, psychiatrists, health care providers, and teachers to provide a comprehensive team approach for all clients.