I am Dr Vince Berger and I am here to help you 24 hours a day in Altoona or anywhere in Pennsylvania.
I recognize that admitting to a problem and reaching out and asking for professional help can be difficult and requires strength
and courage. I also recognize that as a prospective client you may have questions about working with me. In the hope of easing some of your concerns, on this website I have tried to address many of these questions as well as other possible areas of
WHAT MAKES ME DIFFERENT
FROM OTHER PSYCHOLOGISTS AND THERAPISTS?
I have a lifetime of experience working as a professional helping people from all walks of life with all types of problems and concerns. I have been recognized nationally for my expertise, have worked all over the world. I understand that
there are times in our lives when we need help now, not later, at a place where we feel comfortable, without waiting, without spending a lot of time filling out forms, where there is no set time limit on how long or short we talk. With
that in mind I offer services to meet your life style and situation.
Help is available when you need it
Sometimes you need help now and do not want to wait a week or two for an appointment. I am available
to help you when you need it most. Just pick up the phone and give me a call. Since I carefully limit the number of clients in my practice, I am usually available to personally take
your call immediately or call you within an hour and, if needed, see you the same day. I can come to you, you can come to my office or we can talk on the phone.
There is no traditional waiting room
I understand that you may feel some awkwardness or embarrassment about seeking help and that you may not like the stress of sitting in a room with other people while waiting for your appointment. With
this in mind, I do not schedule appointments one right after another like many other mental health professionals. I schedule appointments far enough apart that you will not be kept waiting and, since there is no overlap with
other clients, there will not be other clients around when you arrive or leave.
Help is provided where you are most comfortable
I believe that therapy should take place where you are most comfortable talking and listening. If this is my office, great. But if you feel uncomfortable sitting in my office, I am more than
happy to meet with you at your home, place of business, a park or wherever you are most comfortable.
There need not be a set time period
I understand that when you are talking about emotional situations and events in your life, it feels terrible to have the therapist say, “our time is up” or to feel you have to keep
talking because you still have 15 minutes left in your session. With this
in mind, I can meet with you with no set time limit. Your session can be as short or as long as you need it to be. In general, sessions are based on a true 60 minute hour and not the 40-50 minutes that are typically used by mental health
I am available by phone
There may be times when you are not able, or do not want, to travel to my office and that you also do not want me to come to your home or office. With that in mind, I am available
to help you by phone.
I can be available after hours
Most doctors close their doors around 5 or 6 at night. For my regular clients, I can be available to help after normal business hours.
I can be available at night
Often we can manage to suppress our emotions all day long and manage to cope. However, sometimes late at night, when we no longer have the distractions of our daily activities, everything can come flooding back in. This
is the time when many clients need help the most. It is also the
time when traditional forms of help are least available to you. With this in mind, I assure my clients that they can call me, regardless of the hour, if they need help.
You may be working all week long and not have the opportunity to get the help you need. For my regular clients, I can be available to help on the weekends.
I provide help to individuals, couples, groups and families
I am trained to help individuals, couples, and even whole families. I can come to you or you can come to me.
If you have a problem that keeps you from coming to my office, I can come to your home, place of business, hospital, health care facility, or wherever else I am needed.
All contacts are confidential
Be assured that all contacts are kept strictly confidential. When you call, if I do not answer, you can leave your name and phone number with complete peace of mind that your privacy and confidentiality will be carefully protected. When
we talk, I will listen with patience, sensitivity and compassion, and without being judgmental. The initial phone contact, for which there is no fee, will cost you nothing but a few minutes of your time to see if my unique, personally targeted approach
will meet your needs.
TO CONTACT ME
You have the right and ability to enjoy your journey through life in your own individual way and to be as comfortable and productive both personally and professionally as possible. These goals are within your reach. There is no reason
for you to settle for anything less.
If you would like me to help you accomplish these goals, please call. Outside of being with my family, there is nothing more satisfying to me than to help others achieve the happiness, peace of mind and level of productivity they
want and deserve. I welcome the opportunity to use my expertise, experience and wisdom to improve your life.
If you want to talk with me directly about your problem and about obtaining professional services, contact me by calling me at the phone number listed on our contact page, or you can contact me by email using the contact form. I will return your call as soon as possible. If you are an existing client you can page me for