MERYL HAGGEGE, MA
Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #136379
Supervised by Carmen Martines, PhD, LMFT #124305
I am my best and most authentic self when I care for others. It is a gift to sit with people, to witness them process and integrate trauma. I hold space from a place of deep love, care and respect. I believe that we are not meant to go through life by ourselves; we need our love and pain to be witnessed. As such, I aspire to channel a grounding and loving energy that can guide clients through their experiences, no matter how overwhelming and challenging. Together, we work to find their inner healer.
A little bit about my work
In my work as a therapist, I trust the client’s inner healer and hold a non-judgmental and accepting space where they can have their own experiences without needing to change anything. My deepest hope is that we, the client and I, can collaborate so as to help them learn to listen to their body and feel empowered to choose the approaches that work best for them.
In sessions, I integrate approaches that I have found to be meaningful for me, including relationally focused psychodynamic therapy, parts work and somatic therapy. My practice is founded on a psychodynamics framework; I believe in the importance of making the unconscious conscious in order to break free from our old patterns of behaviors and heal. Through my meditation and yoga practice I believe in the healing power of mindfulness. Using a mindfulness-based frame, I help clients slow down and develop emotional awareness via a deep connection and attunement to their body. I also hold a trauma-informed and culturally responsive framework and commit to think about how systems impact my clients’ experiences inside and outside the therapy space.
A little bit about me
I fell in love with San Francisco in 2014 and I haven’t left California since. I identify as a queer, mixed race, cis-gender woman with Jewish-Tunisian and French heritage. My bicultural upbringing has helped me to develop empathy and understand the importance of cultural humility.
A little bit about who I work with
I work with adults, teens and couples. I have experience working with clients of all backgrounds and identities on the below topics :
- Relationship & Attachment Issues
- Trauma (including relational trauma, systemic trauma)
- Life Transition
- Abuse (including domestic abuse, emotional abuse, systemic oppression/racism)