Merrilie Rackham, Marriage and Family Therapist in Arizona

Merrilie Rackham, LMFT, Registered Play Therapist

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I love what I do. Seeing clients reach their goals is rewarding for me. I specialize in trauma, anxiety, depression, ADHD, addictions. I am a Registered Play Therapist so I see all ages.

I began my career as a stay-at-home mom of six children and later added two older children whom we adopted from Russia. I love being a parent and have spent the last 30+ years reading about and studying effective parenting. I began teaching parenting classes in the community in 1998 which fueled my desire to finish my Bachelor degree and later my Master’s degree.

I went back to school in 2001 and received my Bachelor of Science from Brigham Young University in 2003 in Marriage, Family and Human Development. I focused my course work on the stages of development from birth through death. By doing so I earned a certificate in Family Life Education. After our youngest two children were in elementary school, I wanted to expand my ability to help other so I enrolled in a master’s program.

I attend Thomas Jefferson University where I received a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT). It was during my master’s program that I discovered the field of play therapy. I graduated in August of 2009. I continued to attend courses to become a Registered Play Therapist.

Specialties & Clinical Interests

  • ADHD
  • Adoption & Fostering
  • Alcohol Or Drug Use/Addictions
  • Anxiety
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Depression
  • Family Conflict
  • Grief & Loss
  • Parenting & Parent-Child Relationships
  • Pre-Marital & Marital Issues
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Injury
  • Sex And/Or Pornography Addiction
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Stress/Stress Management
  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Suicidality
  • Suicide Loss
  • Trauma & Ptsd
  • Traumatic Brain Injury

Therapy Types

  • Art Therapy
  • Client-Centered Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dance Or Movement Therapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Play Therapy & Sandtray
  • Trauma-Informed Therapy

Faith Based Specialties

  • Christianity

Fees & Insurance

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Licenses & Certifications

Years in Practice
License #
Marriage and Family Therapist
Professional Certification(s)
Regestered Play Therapsit
Association for Play Therapy (APT)
Graduate School(s)
Year Graduated
Thomas Jefferson Univeristy
Marriage and Family Therapy