Jonathan Merker Licensed Mental Health Counselor WA #LH60547238
Jonathan Merker began his career in counseling as a volunteer peer counselor in 2010 for LGBTQ individuals with terminal illnesses. This experience ignited and shaped his passion for helping others in his community. He graduated from The Seattle School in 2013 with a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology. Jonathan is a licensed mental health counselor in Washington State, LH60547238, and a Licensed Professional Counselor in Colorado, LPC.0015458.
Jonathan’s counseling style is rooted in psychodynamic psychotherapy, which means that he uses the present moment and the relationship between counselor & client as the avenue for personal transformation. This style of counseling is especially useful for issues around relationships, families, identity, sexuality, grief, trauma, and depression. Jonathan has worked in private practice with gay men and couples, as a trauma and bereavement counselor for the families of organ donors, and as a supervisor at a crisis and suicide prevention hotline.
In 2017 Jonathan founded Gay Men’s Counseling Alliance to give gay men access to a mental health counseling regardless of geographic location. GMCA uses a HIPAA compliant video conferencing system that can turn any room into a face-to-face counseling session. This type of practice is in high demand by men who may travel a lot, couples who may not be in the same location, people who live in remote areas, or those who simply prefer the safety and comfort of their own home.
Jonathan is an avid yoga and qigong practitioner, having studied qigong in Guangxi, China. Jonathan is an unashamed nerd, frequently found playing board games or reading sci-fi/fantasy. He is a dog lover, and his late pooch Orion was well known to Jonathan’s in-person clients as a therapy dog who helped clients with anxiety. Jonathan is also ordained in order to officiate weddings and he delights in marrying couples that he has counseled.