My Professional and Personal Background
I have been helping people change their lives for over 40 years and I recognize that you may have reservations and concerns about reaching out and asking for help, especially if you do not know the person to whom you are reaching out. I hope that by providing at least some introductory information about me and my personal life and professional
expertise, you will feel comfortable enough to contact me.
My most important credentials are that I am a caring, concerned, and intelligent person who has extensive training and expertise as a psychologist, therapist and coach, and that my interest and enjoyment in life, other than my family, is in helping others.
Over the course of my career as a psychologist, therapist and coach I have worked with many people who are unhappy and troubled and who had difficulty finding the right person to help them. These people were all looking for some happiness, peace of mind, and some contentment but they did not recognize that help is available or they did not know what questions to ask, where
to find answers, or who to contact.
I recognize that you may be feeling a little nervous about reaching out and asking for help, and that is understandable. Most of us are nervous when we
contemplate change and when we need to ask for help. I'm not going to tell you that you should not be nervous or not have concerns or reservations. But I will tell you that these
reactions are normal and that, if you contact me for help, I will do everything humanly possible to minimize your concerns and fears.
So ...I hope the information below and the information on this website can help you find answers that will direct you toward me or toward someone else who will be able to help you.
Professional Areas of My Life
I earned my Doctorate in Psychology in 1968, at the age of 24, and I have been helping people ever since. I have received extensive post-doctoral training and hold the most advanced professional certifications and national recognitions possible in my field. Both the American Board of Professional Psychology and the American Board of Forensic Psychology have awarded me advanced professional
recognition and Diplomate Status.
I began my professional career by teaching and, in 1970, I started a private practice as a psychologist. The private practice involved working with clients in the areas of Clinical psychology as well as School and Forensic psychology. Several
years later I expanded the practice to include Life and Personal Coaching.
Additionally, in 1986, I founded a non-profit adoption agency. I am licensed and have provided help to men and women all over the U.S. and in many foreign countries.
I taught at the undergraduate and graduate level at the University of Oklahoma, University of Pittsburgh, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, Hahnemann Medical College, and Penn State University. I have been the chairperson of a national forensic mental health organization and have been a mental health consultant in many states.
I have experience successfully helping hundreds of men and women change and improve their personal and professional lives. I have helped normal, healthy, and successful men and women. I worked in state psychiatric hospitals and helped the most severely disturbed and psychotic men and women the world produces. And, I have worked with, and helped, people in
between these two extremes.
My training, credentials and experiences as a psychologist, therapist and coach are unique. They have allowed me to develop a special insight and ability to help produce rapid and positive results for a worldwide clientele of men and women, all of whom are on a journey to increase and expand the depth and quality of their lives.
I provide psychotherapy, counseling, and coaching. Special areas of therapeutic and coaching expertise include:
- Skill development and techniques to combat depression, stress, anxiety
- Help resolving self-confidence and sexual concerns
- Overcoming addictions, fears, phobias and trauma
- Personal, interpersonal, marriage and family conflict resolution
- Diet and weight management
- Psychotherapy and effective intervention techniques
- Personal and emotional growth
- Infertility and adoption assistance
- Personal and life skills coaching
- Executive coaching and work efficiency enhancement
Some Personal Information About Me
My life has been focused on: 1) being a loving, caring, and competent parent and role model to my children and grandchildren; 2) maintaining a healthy lifestyle; 3) expanding and maintaining my commitment to helping others; and 4) developing, maintaining and advancing my professional skills.
I work hard at keeping myself mentally and physically healthy. I have journeyed around the world and traveled to some "difficult" places like the backwoods and mountains of New Zealand, Mt. Everest Base Camp in the Himalayan mountains, and recently to the peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro, 19,500 feet above the plains of Africa. These journeys often
required what I preach, teach, and practice -- dedication, a very strong desire and commitment to reach a goal, the development of a strong will, and to literally take that proverbial "one step at a time" until the goal is reached. I have been able to achieve much personally and professionally and to help others do the same.
"A journey of 1,000 miles must begin with a first step."
... (ancient Chinese proverb)
I find the above proverb to be as wise as it is timeless. The proverb has been, for both myself and my clients, a very valuable guide and motivator. I personally and professionally have taken many first steps and many journeys. Not just journeys to physical places, but steps and journeys to strengthen the physical, emotional, and spiritual parts of my being.
I know how difficult the few first steps can be when personal change is involved. I have been very successful in my “journeys” and in helping others to take their first steps and complete the journey they have set for themselves.
By visiting this website, you are taking a step on your own journey to learn more, to feel better, and to begin making your life more productive, enjoyable and fulfilling. I am very pleased if this website is of help.
I hope that you are able to begin or continue your own step by step journey to make your life more productive, enjoyable and fulfilling. After reviewing the information on this site, if you want to consider having me personally provide you with professional services, you can use this contact link.
To learn more click on the links How I can Help and Who I Can Help.
Office Phone 9 am to 5 pm EST: (717) 737 9068
After hours Message and Paging Center: (717) 761 5989
Home Phone: Given only to active clients
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Vincent F. Berger, Ph.D., ABPP, ABFP
Therapist and Licensed Psychologist
Personal, Executive, and Life Coach
Individual, Marriage, and Family Therapist
Infertility and Adoption Specialist
Certified School Psychologist
Founder and Director, Adoption Services, Inc.
Diplomate, American Board of Professional Psychology
Diplomate, American Board of Forensic Psychology