Meg Berry, LCSW, Certified EMDR Therapist
In my office, I conduct individual and group therapy. Many people see a benefit to attending both individual and group therapy as they are able to work through issues that they don’t want to discuss in group during individual sessions, but are able to gain support and strength through group therapy sessions. Conducting individual and group therapy in an office setting is the traditional way of conducting therapy and continues to have many benefits. However, sometimes it is not possible to come into the office whether due to home commitments, inclement weather, transportation issues and more. Therefore I also offer on-line tele-counseling sessions.
Please click on the links below to learn more about each service I offer.
- Individual Therapy
- Group Therapy
- Give an Hour
- Professional Consultation
- EMDR consultation
- LCSW Supervision
- Life Coaching
Individual therapy consists of once per week 1 on 1 therapy with a client and myself for an average of 45-60 minutes each session. Length of treatment varies on several factors and can last only a few sessions to several years. During the sessions, I work with you on your goals helping you gain freedom from what is preventing you from living your life the way you want.
For some people, a combination of individual and group therapy is more effective than just individual therapy alone. See my group tab for my group therapy description.
I run a group twice per week called Seeking Safety. Seeking Safety utilizes 25 topics to help people obtain safety from trauma/PTSD and substance use in a present-focused therapy model. Furthermore, it is a research-based treatment model which means it has been shown to be effective.
The group is open to anyone 18 years or older with substance abuse and trauma. It runs for 13 weeks at 1.5 hours per session two days per week with a maximum of 10 members. Once the 13 week session starts, no one else is able to join that session. Therefore, if a session has already started, new members will be put on the list for the next 13 week session.
Group therapy is a nice addition to individual therapy as clients are able to interact with others who are dealing with the same symptoms, get support from each other, and gain strength from each other. As a matter of fact, for some clients, combining individual and group therapy reduces the time needed in therapy for resolution of symptoms.
There are many benefits of seeing clients in person in an office. However, for a variety of reasons that is not always possible. Therefore, I also offer sessions via a HIPAA compliant web platform called doxy.me. This HIPAA compliant website allows you to wait in a virtual “waiting room” for me, have your therapy session, and pay me right from the website. You will need an internet connection (Chrome or Safari) and a webcam.
Q: Is online mental health treatment legal?
A: Yes! In fact many insurance companies are starting to pay for it as well. It is important to make sure you utilize a therapist who has been trained in telemental health and that your on-line video platform is HIPAA compliant to ensure your confidentiality as best as possible.
Q: Is online mental health treatment secure?
A: It depends. Cell phones tend not to be encrypted well enough to be secure, so if you are texting with your therapist, be aware of this. Also many email domains are not secure. Many audio-video sites (google and Skype for example) are not secure enough either. When you go to the therapist’s on-line platform, make sure it clearly states it is HIPAA compliant to know that it is well encrypted and secure.
Q: Is online mental health treatment covered by insurance?
A: Many insurance companies are starting to cover on-line therapy sessions. It is important to talk with your therapist before you begin an on-line session to learn whether your session will be covered by insurance.
Q: What technology do I need to use?
A: It depends on what you and your therapist use. I use Doxy.me which I explain above. Generally, you will need a computer with a web-cam with audio.
Q: Are providers licensed?
A: There are many on-line and telephone providers of therapy these days. It is crucial that you know that your therapist is licensed and not just someone claiming to be a therapist. Just as you want to have a web platform that is HIPAA compliant for your confidentiality, you want a therapist who is verified to be licensed. Look them up – you should be able to find out whether your therapist is licensed by going to your state’s website and looking up a person by professional license (each state will display this differently).
Q: How are providers paid?
A: Again this depends on the platform you and your therapist use. To pay me, you will pay through pay-pal prior to our meeting on Doxy.me.
Q: Can I have a therapist outside my state?
A: Generally the answer is no unless they are licensed in the state you reside as well as their own state. The therapist you have must be licensed to practice in the state in which you reside. There are some exceptions such as a college student out of state, but check with the therapist (and licensing board if you need) to know the regulations on this.
Give an Hour is a “is a nonpolitical organization that focuses on the mental health needs of military personnel, veterans, their loved ones, and their communities. We offer a range of mental health services in order to address a variety of needs for those seeking services.” Through Give an Hour, I provide one hour per week of non-paid services to military men and women, veterans, their family, and the community through in person one to one therapy, tele-counseling, and outreach in the community raising awareness of mental health needs in our military and their families.
I offer a monthly professional consultation group via Skype. This is open to professionals in mental health, medical, or first responders who are not current or past clients of mine within the past 5 years. In the same way that group therapy helps clients in a communal way, professional consultation helps prevent burnout and compassion fatigue. All things considered, it is one of the most beneficial things a professional in the helping field can do for themselves.
Please email me (email@example.com), or call me 860-501-9767 or 941-462-4807 for more information.
My passion is helping people get where they want to be in life. I do this through therapy, coaching, and consultation/supervision.
A therapist does not need to be a certified EMDR therapist to be competent and provide EMDR sessions, but for the therapist who strives to go farther with their EMDR experience and provide the utmost to their clients, I offer in-person and on-line consultation towards certification. This is not state specific, so I can provide consultation to anyone, anywhere.
I love helping Social Workers grow toward their definition of professional freedom. For this reason, I provide individual supervision/consultation to LMSW’s towards LCSW licensure. With the independent license comes professional freedom and growth.
I am an approved supervisor listed on the NASW supervisory registry. Becoming licensed with an LCSW opens many doors to new MSWs and LMSWs. My fees are reasonable and I can be found on the registry at the following link: Meg Berry
Just as exciting to me as traditional therapy is fostering and supporting adults reach the professional and personal life they desire through life coaching. There are benefits to both therapy and coaching depending on the type of help you are looking for. Life coaching does not get into your life story. It only focuses on the here and now of the issue to solve the issue in the present. It is solution focused to a specific issue.
If you aren’t sure whether coaching or therapy is what you need, click here for my checklist to help you choose!
I offer several events throughout the year. Some are free and open to the community, others are specifically for mental health professionals needing continuing education credits to maintain their license.
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