Miriam Merin, MSc, MSW


Miriam is an associate psychotherapist and a Supervisee in Social Work providing individual psychotherapy to children, adolescents and adults. Trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy, Miriam strives to create a warm and compassionate therapeutic environment, in which her clients can strengthen their well-being and sense of self through a collaborative understanding of past and present relationships, experiences, and beliefs about the world.

Miriam particularly enjoys working with clients at the intersection of mental health and education: before joining Virginia Psychotherapy Associates, Miriam worked in student support services at Washington University in Saint Louis, where she focused on student mental health and success. In addition to her psychotherapy practice, Miriam is an education policy researcher at the Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy, and a Ph.D. student in Counseling & Psychotherapy at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.


Trauma and PTSD
Peer Relationships
Family Relationships
School/Academic Issues
Self Esteem
Stress and Adjustment
Life Transitions


Ph.D. Counseling & Psychotherapy, University of Edinburgh (in progress)
MSW, Mental Health, Washington University in Saint Louis
M.Sc., Higher Education, University of Oxford
B.A., Education History & Policy, Brown University


Child Centered Play Therapy (NIRE)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
OCD Treatment with Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy