Who is Dr Merenda?
Dr. Merenda is a clinical psychologist, specializing in anxiety, relational issues, mood disorders, self-image, men’s issues, parenting, life transitions, families with special needs children and members, and spirituality. He holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Rosemead School of Psychology at Biola University, is a Virginia Licensed Clinical Psychologist, and has been in clinical practice since 1994. He is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Association for Christian Counselors (AACC).
What is his expertise?
Dr. Merenda served as President of Psi Chi National Honor Society, Chapter, Biola University, and was actively involved in service to his community. Upon receiving his doctorate in psychology, he practiced in California for 12 years in private, group, and community counseling practices. He also held the position of Adjunct Professor for Biola University, Organizational Leadership Degree (BOLD) Program, and served as a Clinical Supervisor for New Life Clinics. He moved to Virginia in 2006 and served for 9 years as Pastor of Counseling and Care Ministries at Immanuel Bible Church in Springfield, Virginia. He became a member of the Finding Solutions Counseling Centers Team in June of 2015. As a member of the Finding Solutions Counseling Team, Dr. Merenda is the Coordinator of Men’s Services and a clinician member of the Finding Solutions Couple’s Clinic.
Dr. Merenda is a published research writer and presenter. His published research work focuses on the areas of parental effectiveness in managing child distress, socialization, and developmental psychology. Dr. Merenda presented on his research in socialization and development psychology at The Convention of the American Psychological Association (APA) in a paper entitled, “A Test of Hoffman’s Socialization Theory.” He has also presented on parent effectiveness, including presenting on “Surviving and Thriving with a Disruptive or Attention Deficit Child.” Dr. Merenda is an active presenter and lecturer.
Dr. Merenda counsels people of all ages, with a wide range of life challenges. He employs an individualized blend of therapeutic skills, with a full appreciation that each client and his/her situation is very unique. Dr. Merenda maintains the “whole person” perspective—each of us having a body, soul, and spirit, each of which needs care. From this perspective, Dr. Merenda takes a bio-psycho-social-spiritual approach. Working to understand the psychology of a person, Dr. Merenda focuses on thoughts, feelings, relationships, present challenges, and personal goals; and also addresses the important role of spiritual faith and physical health.