Adrienne  Merjian

Adrienne Merjian


PhD Specialties Insurance & Fees Locations
New York Accepting Online
Brooklyn Heights Accepting In-person

In person Wednesdays and Thursdays

Updated January 4, 2024

Specialties & Expertise

  • Trauma
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • LGBTQIA topics
  • Race and cultural identity

Professional statement

Dr. Adrienne Merjian is a psychotherapist with a broad range of professional experience. She has been a practicing psychotherapist for over twenty years, and has worked in New York and Chicago. Dr. Merjian has expertise in treating trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and her doctoral dissertation was on memory and trauma.  She has been the Clinic Director at a Women’s Clinic (Brooklyn Heights Center for Counseling) and as well as a Crime Victim’s Assistance Program. She is also a certified rape crisis counselor, and provides expert witness testimony in trauma cases.

Dr. Merjian is skilled in the treatment of depression, anxiety, mood disorders, loss and grief, among many other specialties. She works with the LGBTQIA community and is well versed in issues relating to gender. Dr. Merjian practices cultural humility and provides a safe and informed environment for all.  She has studied race and gender issues for her entire life and is passionate about  fostering peace and fairness through humility. Prior to entering private practice, Dr. Merjian also worked in a college counseling center.

Using a psychodynamic approach, Dr. Merjian provides an accepting and empathetic approach to therapy.  She is also well versed in object relations theory and practices in accordance with many of these tenets.

Dr. Merjian is currently a student at UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center, where she has been taking classes for many years. She is currently studying the scientific benefits of mindfulness in a psychiatry course at UCLA.  She incorporates mindfulness and meditation into her practice and has found it to be extremely helpful and beneficial, both personally and professionally. She believes that one’s capacity to be aware – and live in the present moment- body, mind and emotions – helps one to develop the capacity for compassion and acceptance.

Dr. Merjian received her Master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and her Doctorate from NYU. Her permanent office is in Brooklyn Heights, but she also does video and phone sessions, and has for many years. Her clients are from New York as well as other states and countries. She looks forward to meeting you.

Message to clients

Therapy is a journey.  It is also an act of compassion and kindness toward one’s self.  Ask yourself – am I suffering more than I need to? If the answer is yes, then therapy and mindfulness can help in your journey toward equanimity.

I strive to create and foster a reciprocal relationship both in the therapy space as well as between the past and the present. Through exploration of our past, we are able to better understand the journey that has shaped and formed our emotional lives.

I believe the physical and emotional are inextricably intertwined, thus the role of mindfulness, meditation and movement.  Using these concepts, we strive to create coping mechanisms and emotional strategies to address the complexities and challenges of work, relationships and life in general.

An integrative approach to therapy allows on to draw from areas of strength while realizing the potential for expression and growth. These are especially difficult and challenging times. Therapy is an investment in our ability to tolerate and refine all of life’s complexities. I would be honored to join you on this journey.


Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) - Healing painful experiences and memories from the past

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

LGBTQIA topics - Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges

Race and cultural identity - Exploring topics of racial, cultural, and ethnic background as it relates to one’s family origins and personal identity


  • Adults (24+)
  • Parents
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Young adults (18-24)
  • Loveland Therapy Fund Clients


Adrienne Merjian is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $300 (45min)
  • Sliding scale: $150 - $300
  • Initial session: $350 (60min)
  • Couples sessions: $350 (60min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Cash
  • Check
  • PayPal
  • Venmo
  • Zelle
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly


Brooklyn Heights practice
142 Joralemon St, 5F, Brooklyn, New York 11242
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
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Online Sessions (New York)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
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Work and Education

Private Practice, 1999 - Present
Brooklyn Heights Center for Counseling, Clinic Director
Crime Victims Assistance Program, Director
Brooklyn College Student Counseling Services, Supervisor

UCLA, Intensive Practice Mindfulness Certification , 2021
New York University, PhD, 1999
University of Pennsylvania, MSW, 1990