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Dr. Louise Merves-Okin

Licensed Psychotherapist

Thoughtful solutions to intimate problems

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Dr. Merves-Okin is a warm, compassionate professional who specializes in goal-oriented, practical approaches. She provides a safe, comfortable environment where patients can achieve fuller lives, more intimate relationships and the confidence in knowing they have the power to change. "My goal in therapy is to guide my patient toward a healthier, happier lifestyle, more satisfying relationships, and optimism about the future."


  • PhD, Psychological Studies; Temple University; Philadelphia, PA
  • Post-graduate training in Marriage, Family & Sex Therapy; Marriage Council at the University of Pennsylvania; Philadelphia, PA
  • M.S.W., Emphasis Administration; Rutgers University; New Brunswick, NJ


  • Licensed Psychologist (PA)
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (NJ)
  • Clinical Member of American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) www.aasect.org
  • Clinical Member of American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) www.aamft.org
  • Diplomate, The American Board of Sexology www.americanboardofsexology.com
  • Clinical Fellow, The American Academy of Clinical Sexologists (esextherapy.com )
  • Member of Scientific Study of Sex (SSSS) www.sexscience.org
  • Certificate of Hypnosis, by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH) www.asch.net


  • Jacobson, Ricky & Merves-Okin, The Emerging Child. Camden, NJ: The Family Life Bureau, 1979.
  • Jacobson, Ricky & Merves-Okin, "The Added Dimension, The Working Mother," Christian Parenting, The Young Child. New York: Paulist Press, 1979, pp. 24-28.
  • Jacobson, Ricky & Merves-Okin, "Dealing with Death and Children," Christian Parenting, The Young Child. New York: Paulist Press, 1979, pp. 63-69.
  • Jacobson, Ricky & Merves-Okin, "The Family Celebration," Christian Parenting, The Young Child. New York: Paulist Press, 1979.
  • Merves-Okin & Amiden, Tredre, "Intimacy in Married Couples," The American Journal of Family Therapy, Vol. 19, No. 2, 1991: Bronner/Mavel, Inc., pp. 110-111.
  • Merves-Okin, "The Loving Touch," Energy Forever, Kirch Hermer Std., Maleskey, Gale Rodale Press, 1997, pp. 82-86.
  • Merves-Okin, "Ignite Your Sex Life," Gowing, Yantes; Doherty, Bridget; Vantire, Julia; Prevention Health Books for Women, 2001, pp.166-171.
  • Merves-Okin, "Personal Prescriptions for Healing," Natural Prescriptions for Women, Berg, Susan; The Editors of Prevention Health Book, 2000.
  • Merves-Okin, Intimacy in Marital Dyads, Doctoral Dissertation, 1997.

Community Service

Dr. Louise Merves-Okin is passionate about enhancing the quality of life for her fellow Americans. She is a volunteer and board officer of NAMI - the National Association for Mental Illness - where her mission is to assist families of adolescents with severe emotional problems. Through her leadership in this endeavor, these children and their families learn how to cope with their problems and lead positive, more fulfilling lives. Dr. Merves-Okin also seeks to increase health awareness among women. She is a participant in an exercise video series designed to raise money for breast cancer.

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