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Merrilee Burke 

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist  

California License #105058  


What is

Mindful Substance Use?


My first step as a therapist is to understand each person I work with and their unique experience. I believe that I cannot understand someone while judging them, which is why providing a nonjudgmental environment is a key part of the therapeutic process.

After that, the way I work with each client is customized to meet their needs and address the issues they think are most important. Below are some of the areas I work with:

Trauma - EMDR

Mindful Substance Use

Alcohol Moderation

Depression & Anxiety

Eating Disorders, Including Binge Eating

Compassion Fatigue

Self Esteem & Self Worth

Peer Issues & Social Anxiety

Changing Habits

If you have questions or would like to schedule a free phone consultation, please call 818-533-8877 or visit the Contact page. Thank you for stopping by!


Our lives are all about relationships: with other people, ourselves, our surroundings, and even alcohol and other substances. All relationships have ups and downs and can leave us wondering if they are good for us.


Maybe you’re concerned about how much time you spend with a substance or how it impacts your functioning, emotions, or relationships with other people. You might feel that you are not addicted, but wish you had more control in your relationship with substances.


With experience in mindfulness-based psychotherapy and substance use treatment, I can help you to understand your relationship with substances in a non-judgmental setting. We can explore the psychological factors that may be impacting the relationship and discover ways you can have more control. Or, if you decide sobriety is the best choice for you, I can help you down that road as well. Either way, we can help you find the lifestyle that is right for you.

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