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max-merrittStaff Associate Therapist
Licensed Associate Professional Counselor
Summit OnSite School-based Therapist – River Trail Middle School and Northview High School


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“We change our behavior when the pain of staying the same becomes greater than the pain of changing. Consequences give us the pain that motivates us to change.” ― Dr. Henry Cloud & Dr. John Townsend

Since 2016 Max has counseled mainly in a school-based setting, working with students from kindergarten to 12th grade.  He has also worked in an agency setting where he continued his work with children and adolescents as well as adult clients.  Max has helped clients address concerns related, but not limited, to: ADHD, anxiety, depression, suicide, anger management, addiction, divorce care, pre-marital, marital, and relationship counseling, trauma, bullying, self-esteem, and career counseling.  Max counsels largely from a cognitive behavior and person-centered therapy orientation, but has also studied Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and solution-focused therapy.

Max’s motto when it comes to working with children and adolescents is “kids are people, too”.  Max believes that children and adolescents have unique perspectives and experiences that should not be discounted or brushed aside simply because they are young.  Max believes it important to be able to enter their world, to show genuine interest in their ideas, longings, hopes and dreams, just as he would an adult client.

In his down time Max likes to read, exercise, attend concerts, spend time with family, volunteer at his church, and play either his acoustic or bass guitar.

Max is under the supervision of Nathan Butzen, PsyD.


  • Southeastern University of the Assemblies of God. Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Ministry.
  • Regent University.  Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Licensure, Certifications, and Professional Affiliations:

  • Licensed Associate Professional Counselor


  • Mental Health America
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