Merrilly established her psychology practice in 1995. Her particular interest is in
hypnosis as it has been shown to significantly increase the effectiveness of treatment. Merrilly completed the Australian Society of Hypnosis Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis in 1994. Merrilly completed the Australian Society of Hypnosis Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis in 1994, and served on the Executive Committee of the South Australian Society of Hypnosis from 2001 to 2012. In late 2012, she and her colleague Marta Lohyn established Hypnosis Today to provide training and development in clinical hypnosis.

Prior to setting up her private practice, Merrilly worked as a Youth Worker, a University Tutor, and as a Marriage & Family Therapist and Group Counsellor for Relationships Australia. In recent years, her therapy with couples has been greatly influenced by the work of relationships experts, John & Julie Gottman, and Dr Sue Johnson. According to Merrilly, so many aspects of our lives are affected by the quality of our relationships. “A client will often present for depression, but we end up inviting the partner in for some couple sessions as it becomes clear that there are problems within the relationship that are contributing to the person’s depression. Addressing these issues can significantly improve the psychological health of the individual as well as greatly benefit the couple’s relationship.”



Couple Therapy Training (Relationships Australia)
Clinical Hypnosis & Strategic Psychotherapy (Australian Society of Hypnosis, Dr Michael Yapko)
Family Therapy (Dulwich Centre)


Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, Weight Issues, Relationship Issues, Grief, Self-Esteem/Confidence,
Stress, Sleep Difficulties, Pain

Individuals (Adults & Adolescents), Couples, Families

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