Therapy for Depression, Anxiety, and Trauma

I provide evidence-based individual psychotherapy for adults with depression, anxiety, and trauma-related concerns, as well as other issues (e.g., relationship and sexuality issues, values and goals clarification, insomnia, etc.). Together, we’ll explore your issues and problems, your goals and dreams, and make a realistic, concrete, step-by-step plan to get there. Experience what the power of empathic listening and evidence-based psychological tools can do for you and your healing.

I offer several treatment modalities based on your issues, goals, and what’s right for you. Options include:

  • Accept Yourself!
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (including specific treatments for anxiety disorders, panic, post-traumatic stress disorder and complex PTSD, insomnia, depression, and eating disorders)
  • Person-Centered Psychotherapy and Motivational Interviewing
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy
  • Gottman-based Couples Therapy
  • Time-Limited Psychodynamic Therapy

I’m a counseling and social psychologist who works from a feminist/womanist, multicultural, social justice and liberation lens. I’ll help you look at both the systemic parts of your problem, as well as the parts you can work on and change. I’m a caring, empathic listener who will really see you, and help you create powerful transformations in your life. Schedule a free 15-minute consultation with me to learn more.

In the meantime, here’s a sampling of some of the research I’ve done in this area to help you learn more:

Berman, M.I. & Hegel, M.T. (2014). Predicting depression outcome in mental health treatment: A recursive partitioning analysis. Psychotherapy Research, 24, 675-686.

Berman, M.I., Buckey, J.C., Hull, J. G., Linardatos, E., Song, S.L., McLellan, R.K., & Hegel, M.T. (2014). Feasibility study of an interactive multimedia electronic problem solving treatment program for depression: A preliminary uncontrolled trial. Behavior Therapy, 45(3), 358-375.

Spielmans, G.I, Berman, M.I., Linardatos, E., Rosenlicht, N.Z., Perry, A., & Tsai, A.C. (2013). Adjunctive atypical antipsychotic treatment for major depressive disorder: a meta-analysis of depression, quality of life, and safety outcomes. PLOS Medicine, 10(3), e1001403.

Spielmans, G.I., Berman, M.I., & Usitalo, A.N.  (2011). Psychotherapy versus second generation antidepressants in the treatment of depression: A meta-analysis. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 199, 142-149.

Berman, M.I. & Frazier, P.A. (2005). Relationship power and betrayal experience as predictors of reactions to infidelity. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 31, 1617-1627.

Frazier, P., Tashiro, T., Berman, M., Steger, M., & Long, J. (2004). Correlates of levels and patterns of positive life changes following sexual assaultJournal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 72, 19-30.

Frazier, P., Berman, M., & Steward, J. (2001). Perceived control and posttraumatic stress: A temporal model. Applied & Preventive Psychology, 10, 207-223.

Luciana, M., Burgund, E.D., Berman, M., & Hanson, K.L. (2001). Effects of tryptophan loading on verbal, spatial, and affective working memory functions in healthy adults. Journal of Psychopharmacology, 15, 219-230.

Berman, M.I., Chapman, N., Nash, B., Kivlighan, D.M., & Paquin, J. (2018). Sharing wisdom: Challenges, benefits, and developmental path to becoming a successful therapist-researcher. In J. Paquin (Ed.), Clinician-researchers in psychotherapy: Careers engaged in both practice and research. London: Routledge.

Berman, M.I. & Song, S. (2013). Assessment of personality in counseling settings. In K.F. Geisinger (Ed.), APA Handbook of testing and assessment in psychology. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

Berman, M.I. & James, L.C. (2011). Counseling health psychology. In E.M. Altmaier & J.I.C. Hansen (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of counseling psychology. New York: Oxford University Press.

Berman, M.I., Frazier, P. & Tashiro, T. (2008). Personal growth after relationship breakups. In S. Lopez (Ed.), Positive psychology: Exploring the best in people, Vol. 3, Growing in the face of adversity. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group.

Frazier, P.A. & Berman, M.I. (2007). Posttraumatic growth following sexual assault. In A. Linley & S. Joseph, (Eds.), Trauma, recovery, and growth. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Tashiro, T., Frazier, P., & Berman, M. (2005). Positive Life Change Following Relationship Dissolution and Divorce. In. M. Fine and J. Harvey (Eds.), Handbook of divorce and relationship dissolution. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.