About Merle Saber
I have been a Marriage & Family Therapist for 11 years, during which time I have worked in a non-profit mental health setting and in my private practice. My experience has been with children, adolescents, families, couples, older adults and caregivers. I have been a guide and partner in my clients' struggles and successes, providing them with support and encouragement every step of the way.
Having experienced a life-threatening illness myself, I have a personal understanding of what you and your loved ones are going through. I have personally experienced how healing therapy can be.
The therapy process and my theoretical approach will initially focus on the concerns that brought you to my office. Together we will set specific and measurable goals, and highlight your strengths, resources and positive aspects of your life, as well as be reflective and openly curious about the difficulties you are experiencing. I tailor counseling or therapy to fit your needs, versus applying a "one size fits all" approach.
I look forward to helping you on your path to healing.
Education & Experience
- M.A. in Applied Psychology (MFT), Golden Gate University, San Francisco, 1999
- B.S. in Business Management, University of Phoenix, San Francisco Campus, 1997
Professional & Clinical Experience
- 1991-1998: Human Resources Manager for Non-Profit Research Institute.
- 1998-2003: Trainee/Intern – Worked with children, adolescents and families in a school and clinic setting. I provided assessment, diagnosis and treatment for at-risk children and adolescents. I conducted individual, family and group therapy.
- 2003-2008: Program Manager, Clinician and Clinical Supervisor for San Mateo County Mental Health. Manage three programs related to under-served children and families. Supervised employees and interns both administratively and clinically, and provided consultation to colleagues. Delivered assessment, diagnosis and treatment to children and families. Modality included individual and family therapy.
- 2008: Began my own practice, working primarily with adults.
Since 1997, I have participated in classes, seminars and workshops as well as professional consultation and supervision. I have also completed in excess of 36 continuing education units each 24 months as required by my continued MFT licensing. I read professional journals, magazines and books on a regular basis to stay informed about new and interesting research and information related to the field of psychology and counseling.