Mercedes Cusick, MA, CATC III, LMFT


EMDR Certified Therapist

EMDR Consultant-in-Training

About Me

Are you feeling overwhelmed, powerless, and defeated by your current life situation? Is unhealed trauma blocking you from living a fulfilled life? Are you looking to create a new life filled with confidence, clarity, and hope? I can help you. It takes courage to ask for help and could be what changes your life in a powerful and liberating way. You want to experience freedom but don’t know how to get there. My focus is finding clarity about who you are. Together, we’ll build up your coping skills, resiliency, and self-worth so that you are living in a place of empowerment, compassion, and hope. You will receive quality psychological care that is empathetic and competent. The only criteria is a desire to create change and a willingness to try. I am a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist, Certified in EMDR, focusing on traumatic issues and mental health. I am incredibly passionate about trauma therapy as I have seen firsthand how transformative the approach can be for clients, especially those with complex trauma. I have experience incorporating ego state work, polyvagal theory, and attachment into my EMDR practice, which comprehensively conceptualizes overall functioning and help you achieve lasting relief. With guidance, I can lead you to a deeper understanding of yourself, allowing you to access your strengths, develop new and healthy perspectives, experience emotional healing, and enrich your relationships, and living life with enhanced purpose, joy, and value. Starting therapy takes courage, and I honor your decision to start by reaching out to me.

Education & Experience

I bring vast experience as a clinical trauma therapist, EMDR clinician, and addiction treatment to my practice. I received my Bachelor’s from Loyola Marymount University, Addiction Counselor Certification from CAADE, and my Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy – Trauma Specialization from Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena. I am also a certified EMDR therapist through EMDRIA. In my private practice, EMDR is my primary treatment modality for treatment for trauma. I offer half day to multiple day EMDR INTENSIVES.

Professional & Volunteer Affiliations

- EMDRIA - CAMFT - Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission - San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission

Specialty Area

  • Abuse/Neglect
  • Addictions
  • Alcohol/Substance Abuse
  • Anxiety/Panic Attacks
  • Attachment Disorders
  • Depression
  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Domestic Violence
  • Grief/Loss/Mourning
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Self-Harm
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Traumatic Incident

Population Served

  • Adolescents (13-17)
  • Adults
  • First Responders
  • LGBTQ+
  • Seniors


  • English


  • Sliding Scale

Super Bill Provided for Out of Network Benefits