• Merle Mullins

My Counseling Philosophy

My Approach is Solution Focused

Merle uses brief, solution-focused therapy, which means that after just 6-8 sessions, people can often clearly see what's been happening in their relationships, and have a good sense of what to do about it.

This type of therapy is frequently referred to as "Cognitive Behavioral Therapy." It aims to identify what's holding us back from living a balanced, fulfilled and successful life, and then to take action to address it.

What most of us need more than anything is to learn to build, maintain, and invest in the relationships and activities that give our lives lasting meaning.

The Art of Loving

Love is not simply a feeling, but it is a skill that can be learned and practiced. Practicing the art of loving enables us to interact with everyone we encounter in healthier and more intelligent ways.

We can learn this "art" from researched-based methods discovered from the human sciences, and also by putting into practice our most important spiritual values.

Each human person is unique and has infinite value. Because of this, we can deal successfully with every crisis when our relationships are based on mutual respect and love.

This attitude can improve relationships with everyone, from spouses and children to co-workers and neighbors. Mutual love and respect can become the norm, and then difficulties become a catalyst for improving individual and relational health.

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  • Bachelor of Social Work, 1982, Gannon University

  • Bachelor of Philosophy, 1983, Gannon University

  • Master of Social Work, 1993, Temple University

  • Post-Master, Marriage and Family Therapy, 1996, Temple University

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

  • Nationally Certified, Duluth Model for treating men who batter women

Family man

I was married in 1981, and have lived in Harrisburg, PA, with my wife Molly and our five children since 1984. Merle enjoys the cultural and arts events available in Harrisburg, Washington D.C., and New York.


I also like playing racquetball, and watching sporting events with friends, especially when the Pennsylvania teams are doing well.

Work life

I have worked as a marriage, family, and addiction counselor for over 30 years, including 15 in close collaboration with churches in the Harrisburg, Hershey, and York areas. After all this time, I am more enthusiastic than ever about helping people overcome life's challenges.

Fax: (717) 963-7142

3605 Vartan Way #204A, Harrisburg, PA 17110, USA

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