Rita Thornton-Mercer, CEO / Chief Clinician
Author, Guest Speaker, Mentor, College Professor, Counselor, & Christian Minister
I am a mother to two amazing adult children. Second to being a mother, and now a proud grandmother, I enjoy serving as both a licensed professional counselor and a college professor, which are the best careers that I have ever embarked upon. As a counselor and minister, I have loved how everyday I am surprised with new stories of survival and strength, loss and courage, brokenness and restoration. For nearly two decades, I have been passionate about empowering individuals to Live Their Best Life through my ministry and through my careers!
My educational background from Miami University and Xavier University coupled with my diverse work history and clinical experience has equipped me to support a diverse population ranging in age, culture, gender, religion, and socioeconomic status.
I am a certified Trauma Professional and I have specialized training in EMDR, a therapy that promotes healing for trauma, anxiety, depression as well many other concerns. As a certified Grief Counseling Specialist, I have helped countless others work through grief & loss concerns. My certification in Choice Theory / Reality Therapy has been instrumental in empowering individuals with tools to better understand their thoughts and behaviors, how they perceive their world, and developing a plan for lasting change. Sandtray Therapy is a powerful therapy that I have had great success in my work with youth as well as adults in discovering their truths and exploring hope for the future. I’ve helped couples rebuild their relationship, supported women and men overcome trauma, taught youth and young adults the tools to manage anxiety & depression.
Random Facts About Rita:
– I love laughing till I cry
– Kayaking on a summer day while enjoying the warm sun on my skin
– Watching a good Hallmark movie and other times watching a good action movie
– Popcorn, for a meal, but also for a snack
– Collecting rocks and observing the intricate details in them
– Spending time with family and friends