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Jerry Berndt, LCSW

Trauma, Abuse Grief Career difficulties Coping with life changes Compassion fatigue
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About me

I started my career with eight years of experience on rural municipal ambulances, and four years of experience on federal wildland fire crews. Since I have worked in group homes with youth transitioning out of foster care, juvenile corrections reform, adults with trauma, grief loss, and attachment anxiety.

I meet with a limited amount of clients on Better Help, if a schedule slot does not work feel free to message.

I am primarily an experiential therapist which helps you to feel, rewire, and desensitize trauma in your nervous system. I utilize an advanced form of EMDR called Brainspotting. Clients note that Brainspotting is the strangest impossible to explain but most impactful therapy they have ever had. I will work with you to rewire your nervous system back to a natural state that we all possess.

I still utilize DBT distress management skills as well as Cognitive Processing Therapy for those who prefer talk methods. One benefit to Brainspotting is you do not have to provide much information at all to your therapist to reprocess a graphic, or shameful event.

I truly believe we have No Bad Parts no matter what societies opinion is, and that all behavior is for survival. With survival being the ultimate goal.

I enjoy working with all backgrounds including LGBTQ and those with non-nuclear family backgrounds. I help people reconnect with their higher power of their choosing but I do not provide Christian based counseling. A higher power can be something beyond human comprehension, meaning we all sum it up differently.

Professional experience

5yrs in practice
Trauma, Abuse Grief Career difficulties Coping with life changes Compassion fatigue

Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Relationship issues, Parenting issues, Bipolar disorder, Depression, ADHD, Adoption and Foster Care, Blended Family Issues, Codependency, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Dependent Personality, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), Dissociation, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Fatherhood Issues, First Responder Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and shame, Isolation / loneliness, Life purpose, Men's issues, Military and Veterans Issues, Mood disorders , Personality Disorders, Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Post-traumatic stress, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Sex Addiction, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Smoking/Vaping Cessation, Somatization, Workplace issues

Clinical approaches: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Somatic Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems

Services offered

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License information

UT LCSW 10757993-3501


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Jerry Berndt. We don't pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Have only had a few sessions with Jerry…but he’s already helping me feel like I’m getting back to my core self…

Written on May 09, 2022 after therapy with Jerry for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, and compassion fatigue

Very knowledgeable and helpful

Written on May 02, 2022 after therapy with Jerry for 2 weeks on issues concerning family conflicts, parenting issues, and anger management