My name is Dr. Tricia Berger and I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor working with individuals struggling with a variety of mental health concerns such as anxiety and depression. My approach is compassionate and supportive and I look forward to helping on your journey to social/emotional wellness,
I will utilize a variety of different evidence based theoretical approaches in our therapy session. My goal is to provide a safe space for you to identify daily stressors, problematic behaviors and explore positive resolutions. I embrace a client centered approach with a focus on problem solving that will allow you to feel safe and supported.
My specialties include working with young people and adults navigating through difficult life transitions, struggling with anxiety and depression as well as helping people establish healthy boundaries and effective communication to live a healthy life. I'll meet you where you are at & support you in making changes in your life, using techniques that are right for you.
My communication style
I will create a safe and supportive therapeutic environment where you will feel comfortable disclosing, processing, and discussing difficult issues. My hope is for you to uncover your inner strengths to move forward. I offer a caring and compassionate space where you are the main focus.
My journey to therapy
Many of us choose this profession because we ourselves or someone we know has struggled with a mental health issue. I am not alone in disclosing that as a young adult, I too struggled with depression and crippling anxiety. The professional I had the privilege of working with was kind and compassionate but also challenged me when necessary. The interactions and therapy this professional provided truly impacted the trajectory of my life although I would not realize it until I was much older. This person allowed me to have my feelings but also instilled appropriate and positive ways to cope when I would retreat inward struggling with negative, intrusive thoughts. I learned that things you want in life do not come easy, especially emotional wellness. Becoming a therapist was not easy, however, I persevered. I see the good in all humans and want to be a part of helping others see that in themselves.
My goals for you
I believe goal setting is a large portion of the therapeutic process. I will work with you to develop a treatment plan to clearly identify goals and objectives. We will work to identify goals that are challenging but also achievable. Each session we will review and discuss your progress and mutually agree on the next steps.
My first session with you
I prefer to utilize the initial session to identify the primary reasons that brought you to counseling. I like to gather some historical/demographic information. I will initiate a dialogue inquiring about past and present life experiences. This will also be a time for you to ask me questions and discuss concerns regarding treatment.