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
What is an MFT? What is the difference between an MFT, LCSW, Psychologist,
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
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.