Leah Merkle

pronouns: she/her/hers

seeing clients in Ohio and online in Ohio

Licensed Independent Social Worker

I am deeply passionate about supporting and helping people feel understood, confront their joys and pains, and be motivated to change. I strive to create a warm, safe and supportive atmosphere, rooted in non-judgemental transparency, to aid in building our therapeutic relationship, where you may discover, connect and give voice to the many parts of yourself. While it may seem paradoxical I believe that being accepted for who we are right now, as we are, allows us to move towards who we want to be. 

Humans are incredibly dynamic and complex, yet the desire for Love and belonging, for connection, spans across the globe, regardless of sexual orientation, gender, culture, race, economic class. Having a safe space to explore your personal narrative, develop new perceptions and reorganize old patterns can allow opportunities to actively change our “story”. My hope for our work is that you feel fully heard, seen and accepted while also feeling driven to make intentional changes in your life. This may be through self love, regulation, challenging sexual and emotional correctness and/or enhancing clarity in your quest for love and security. My deepest hope for our work together is that you gain a deeper understanding of yourself, that you feel both challenged and supported, and that our time together empowers you to live your most full and authentic life.

In this space, all of you is welcome. 

Favorite Quote: “Allow yourself to transform, as many times as you need to be fully happy and free” -yung pueblo


  • University of Louisville: Kent School of Social Work (Masters of Social Work)
  • Northern Kentucky University: College of Education & Human Services (Bachelor of Social Work,  Social Justice Minor).



  • Emotional intimacy
  • Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP)
  • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
  • Certified Level 1 Reiki Practitioner
  • Mental Health First Aid
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Sex Therapy

Session Fee: $175.00