Last updated: 3/23/2020

Merle Ann Bombardieri, LICSW (781) 862-1662
Last Updated: 3/23/2020
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Licensed Clinicical Social Worker Hypnotherapist/ Hospice Certified

Gender: Female

Languages Spoken:

Imagine how joyful you'll be when we say goodbye at our last session.  What burdens will be lifted, and what accomplishments and feelings of wellbeing are you looking forward to? I don't feel discouraged by your problem because I can imagine you happy and my mind is already brainstorming what approaches might help you. We build on your skills and insights, emphasizing the positive, using visualization and healthy self-talk so you will be confident in your changes. I use mindfulness and hypnotherapy as well as humanistic and psychodynamic approaches.  My specialties are self-esteem, infertility, parenthood decision making, insomnia, women's health, pain, PMS, menopause, and chronic illness. I also work with end-of-life patients and their families on meaning, life review, pain management, hospice decision-making, storytelling, communication and forgiveness.  I am the author of The Baby Decision, and my writing has appeared in the Boston Globe Magazine, Glamour, Self and Brides. I have appeared on national and local radio and television news, talk shows and documentaries.  My work has been described in Time, Newsweek, and the New York Times. I have been in private practice for 28 years, and have 35 + years of experience as well as seven years of hopsice social work experience, including serving as the Director of Social Work at Beacon Hospice. I have also been Clinical Director of RESOLVE, the national infertility organization.

Focusing on:
Adoption/Foster Care Aging Couple or Marital Issues Education/Personal Development Grief/Loss Infertility Life Transitions Pain Management Physical Illness/Impairment Postpartum Depression Pregnancy/Childbirth Sleep Disorders Spiritual/Religious Concerns Stress Women's Issues
Also serving:
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.) Addictions/Substance Anger Management Anxiety/Panic Disorders Career/Employment Concerns Depression Family Issues Interpersonal Relationships Learning Disabilities Men's Issues Multicultural Issues Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder Parenting Issues Phobias Psychosomatic Sexuality Issues
Office and Contact Information
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Wellspring Counseling Center/ Women's Wellness
76 Bedford St
Ste 34
Lexington, MA 02420
(781) 862-1662

Contact: Merle Bombardieri

Office Hours:
Mon10:00am – 8:00pm
Tue10:00am – 8:00pm
Wed10:00am – 8:00pm
Thu10:00am – 8:00pm
Fri10:00am – 5:00pm
SatBy appointment
SunBy appointment
Online Schedule: Schedule
Average wait time for new clients: Not specified

368 Great Rd
Unit 4
Acton, MA 01720
(781) 862-1662

Office Hours:
Mon10:00am – 8:00pm
Tue10:00am – 8:00pm
Wed10:00am – 8:00pm
Thu10:00am – 8:00pm
Fri10:00am – 5:00pm
SatBy appointment
SunBy appointment
Online Schedule: Schedule
Average wait time for new clients: Not specified

Response Time to Call:
Weekdays: 6 Hours
Weekends: 3 Hours

Access by Public Transportation
Access by Wheelchair
Evening Office Hours
Home Visits
Online Therapy (email, live chat, video)
Secure HIPAA-compliant Video (, etc.)
Telephone Counseling
Video Counseling (Zoom, Skype, etc.)


Years of Experience: 40

MA - LICSW [102438]

Credentials and Certifications:
Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW)
Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Social Worker (ACHP- SW)
Certificate on Aging
Certified in Hypnosis American Society of Clinical Hypnosis
Diplomate in Clinical Social Work (DCSW)

Fees and Payment Options
Individual: $145
Couples: N/A
Group: N/A
Family: $150

Sliding Scale: Yes

Accept Credit Card: No

Private Insurance or Out of Network: Yes

Free Services:
Brief Phone Consultation

Blue Cross Blue Shield (Blue Care Elect) Blue Cross Major Medical
Blue Cross Blue Shield (PPO) Personal Help Connection

Age Groups and Specific Populations (focus areas are bold)
Age groups:
Adults (26-59) Seniors (60 +) Young Adults (18-25)
Adolescents (13-17) Preschool (Under 6)
Specific populations:
Alzheimer's Caregivers Chronic Illness
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics) Cancer Patients Children of Divorce Diabetes Disabled Gifted Immigrants/Refugees Interracial Families/Couples Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender/Queer (LGBTQ) Military/Veterans Obese or Overweight Step Families Twins
Treatment Methods and Approaches
Theoretical approaches - focus areas:
Behavioral Medicine Coaching Cognitive/Behavioral Contemplative Existential Psychotherapy Feminist Gestalt Holistic Humanistic Hypnosis Meditation/Relaxation Narrative Therapy Pastoral Therapy Prevention Psycho-Educational Short-Term (Brief Treatment)
Other theoretical approaches:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Advocacy Body Centered Psychotherapy Case Management Crisis Intervention Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD) Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Dream Work or Analysis Education Consultation Ericksonian Expressive Therapy Focusing Genetic Counseling Geriatric Consultation Information and Referral Internal Family Systems (IFS) Long-Term Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) Parent Guidance Psychoanalysis Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Psychodynamic Relational Sports Psychology Systemic Transpersonal Psychology
Methods - focus areas:
Couple/Marital Individual
Other methods:
Educational or Psycho-Educational Supervision/Consultation
Religious and Multi-cultural Experience (focus areas are bold)
Religious experience:
Buddhist Jewish
Christian Hindu
Multi-cultural experience:
Hispanic Portuguese
Professional Associations
American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH) Council of Hospice Professionals (CHP) National Association of Social Workers (NASW) National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO)