Bernice Varela

(LCSW)
Therapist Bernice Varela Photo

About Me

Hello! I am an Independently Licensed therapist and have been working in the field for over 10 years. I am a Trauma Informed Clinician and have worked with individuals that suffer from a wide array of mental health issues from PTSD to depression and anxiety and everything in between. One of my specialties is working with individuals that struggle with Personality Disorders. Being a Life Coach in situations that are appropriate is also something that I am happy to do.

My style is client centered and I truly believe that each person is the expert in their own life. My skills include Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral, CPT, TIC, MI, and I am huge on Mindfulness. I have been in the field for so long and have been told I am not the most traditional therapist; I am okay with that as I appreciate that there will be a different strategy that works for everyone and through exploration and getting to know one another we can find that together. Not every situation will call for intense interventions and life skills and coaching is also very meaningful.

I know reaching out is a huge step and just being here today shows that you are ready and you believe you are worthy and YOU ARE!


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Depression
  • Compassion fatigue
Also experienced in:
Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Sleeping disorders , Anger management , Self esteem , Coping with life changes , Antisocial Personality , Avoidant Personality , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Existential Therapy, Jungian Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Somatic Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 9

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LCSW #C-11119 (Expires: 2023-07-01)


Reviews

Written by L.I. on Jul 27, 2021 after therapy with Bernice for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, anger management, and adhd

Amazing and so thoughtful.

Written by A.N. on Jul 10, 2021 after therapy with Bernice for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Bernice is an awesome counselor and kind person. She has helped me tremendously through losses, hurt and confusion. She has given me worksheets and has given me pep talks and encouragement.

Written by B.R. on Jun 07, 2021 after therapy with Bernice for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Very understanding and patient when listening and responding to me.

Written by M.A. on Jun 03, 2021 after therapy with Bernice for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and anger management

Bernice is an excellent resource. She is a great support system with lots of experience. Through so much experience, she knows the proper action and strategies to take that will fit what you need. I like her style of therapy and she is an excellent people person. She created a very safe space to open up and is genuine. The way she listens and interacts with you just makes you feel comfortable, spilling whatever. You’re in good hands.