Are you a real therapist? 

Yes, I am a real therapist. I am a licensed Marriage and Family (LMFT or MFT) therapist. I have a master’s degree in clinical psychology and a doctorate in psychology, specifically Marital and Family therapy. I completed 3,000 hours of clinical work under the supervision of a licensed therapist before taking a written state licensing exam and later an oral exam. I passed both on my first attempt.

What is an MFT? What is the difference between an MFT, LCSW, Psychologist, and Psychiatrist?

An MFT is a Marriage and Family Therapist. This used to be called a Marriage, Family and Child Therapist (MFCC). Most MFTs practice psychotherapy in a clinical setting like private practice, school, non-profit organization, government entity or mental health clinic. Despite the misleading title, the scope of the MFT license is very broad and MFTs can perform individual therapy as well as other types of therapy. According to the Attorney General licensed M.F.T. can treat and diagnosis mental disorders as well as conduct administer and interpret psychological tests. MFTs are qualified to treat the full range of mental and emotional disorders. Currently all 50 states support and regulate the profession by licensing marriage and family therapists with the remaining states in the process of obtaining licensure laws.

Are you are urologist?

No, there is another doctor by the name of Dr. Jennifer Berman who is a urologist. I am not her, nor am I related to her.

Do you do work with your sister?

No, I do not have a sister. The urologist Dr. Jennifer Berman works with her sister, Dr. Laura Berman. I am not related to her either!

Are you a therapist or a sports psychologist?

Primarily, I am a therapist but I also run a sports psychology consulting business out of the same office.

What do you specialize in?

I have a diverse practice but three of my favorite issues to work with are relationship issues, parenting issues and substance abuse (including eating disorders). I also see a lot of people in the entertainment industry. There are very few issues that I have not worked with in my practice. I do individual therapy, couple’s therapy, and family therapy.

How long have you been doing this stuff?

I have been working in the psychology field since 1991, when I started out working for the Los Angeles Commission on Assaults Against Women (now known as Peace Over Violence) as a rape and battering hotline counselor. I graduated college early and began my work in the field before I finished my undergraduate work.