MereAnn Reid, MA, LPC Intern

Child & Family Therapist | Adoption Specialist

Hand in Hand Parenting Instructor Candidate

 

I have always had a heart for working with kids. As a therapist, this means finding creative ways to engage families, support parents, and help children navigate the bumps and discoveries of growing up. My natural ways of exploring life--through relationships, stories, art and play--are often rich resources for helping my clients find their own center in a swirling world.

I'm here to support and encourage you as a parent. I help kids feel seen and heard by the adults in their lives, and my clients--from preschool to adults--experience new playfulness and connections in our work together. My passion is parenting support that meets the needs of everyone in your family. 


I have always worked with kids, as a teacher, camp counselor, artist, and youth advocate. My speciality in child development, early trauma, adoption, and grief work comes from clinical practice, community building, and engagement with mentors in neuroscience, attachment, and trauma work. I hold a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Lewis & Clark College and special certification in Adoption Therapy. I am currently working towards advanced certification as a Sandtray Therapist, Registered Play Therapist, and Parenting Coach.


My playroom is in a cozy house, with a book nook and shelves of imaginative toys. Kids are welcomed in for a story or playwork, and I offer a warm environment for parent coaching. I especially enjoy working with parents of young kids age 3-10, and appreciate the changes the school years can bring for the whole family. Beyond my clinical training, I'm a mom and have worked in youth advocacy and education for nearly 20 years. I'm honored to offer myself as an ally and consultant to client families. 


I am a registered intern with the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors, Supervisor Rachael Berkeley, LCSW

I am a board member of the Oregon Association for Play Therapy, volunteer with Baby Blues Connection and A Home Within. I lead parent support groups as an instructor candidate with Hand in Hand ParentingI teach workshops for parents and professionals on grief & loss, adoption transitions, and trauma-informed care. I try to stay curious and creative through yoga practice, daily knitting, reading and playing with my son, and walking miles to help me think, sleep, and breathe better. 

  • MA, Counseling Psychology, Lewis & Clark Graduate School
  • BA, Social Psychology, University of New Mexico

 Supervisor Rachael Berkeley, LCSW

Many of my clients are working on these themes:

  • Parenting challenges
  • Family & adoption dynamics
  • Attachment 
  • Early trauma
  • Grief & loss
  • Open adoption
  • Transracial family life 
  • LGBTQ parenthood 
  • Toileting & soiling issues

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