Are you tired of pretending you're okay when you're not?


Are you wanting to learn skills to help you cope with big feelings instead of hurting yourself or others? 

Are you experiencing a big life change that you don't want to go through alone? 

Are you feeling lost, sad, confused, or anxious more days than not?

I'm here for you! 

I'm here to create a safe place where you don't have to pretend to be anything you're not. I'm here to accept you as who you are and encourage you to grow into the person you desire to be. I'm here to walk with you through the ups and downs and to teach you new skills to cope with difficult emotions. I'm here to empower you to create the life you deserve and teach you how to use your noodle more effectively!


Hi! I'm Maura Merritt, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Registered Art Therapist in the states of California, Tennessee, Florida, and Ohio, as well as a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. I specialize in working with adolescents girls and young adult women ages 15-30. I hold individual therapy sessions and facilitate therapeutic groups. 

Noodle is my miniature Australian Labradoodle. She loves long walks on the beach and playing fetch for hours at a time. 

Are we a good fit? 

I specialize in working with adolescent girls and young adult women struggling with:



Self harm

Relationship issues

Identity confusion 

Life Transitions

Childhood trauma

Personal development and growth


 At Use Your Noodle Therapy, LLC, I believe that it is important to use what you have available to you to help change your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Using a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) skills, my goal is to help you thrive and create a life worth living. I believe in the importance of treating the whole person through encouraging making both mental and physical changes in life.

I am ready to teach you how to use your noodle more effectively!


Feel free to reach out to me by email or phone to set up your first appointment anytime!