Buffy Bernhardt, LMSW

Buffy Bernhardt, LMSW

Professions: Clinical Social Work, Coaching, Marriage & Family Therapy
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Master Social Worker
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1-800-651-8085 ext. 24260
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Nyack Center For Healing
Nyack, New York 10960 - United States
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From a heart centered, holistic perspective, I will work with you as a psychotherapist in resolving life's challenges in order to develop direction, clarity and personal inner strength.....and create the life you want. I invite you to let me help you heal your life.

With a gentle, and compassionate approach I create a safe space in which we can explore your issues together. Sometimes we can find ourselves in state of "stuckness", negativity, confusion, fear, with limiting beliefs that can prevent us from moving forward. My role as a therapist is not only to guide you through challenges and transitions in an inclusive and nurturing way, but also to provide you with a deeper understanding of behaviors and stories that may be limiting your resolution and growth, in order to integrate the many parts of your self and manifest a life of fulfillment.

Marriage counseling, relationships, all stages of life transition, bereavement, emotional, behavioral challenges, birth/pregnancy, personal coaching, personal and spiritual growth, etc.

Engaging in an inner process while learning to access your "wiser Self" is part of restoring your life to one of harmony, empowerment and well being. As you journey into this process, you will access your greater potential and creative gifts that will serve you in this transformation.

Insight is only part of the process. It is also important to learn new tools that help change and heal your issues. As you develop deeper insights into your circumstances, you will want to implement new behaviors, healthy thought patterns, while enhancing your strengths. Together we will explore your history, unpack insights and create a tool box of life transforming techniques that will help you develop new and positive ways to grow and cope with life's challenges.

Each session is tailor made according to my client's needs. Discussion, processing, goal and achievement setting, stress reduction, mindfulness practices, meditation and guided imagery, affirmations, personal coaching and other holistic techniques that promote personal awareness, healing and positive growth.

Director of Nyack Center for Counseling and Coaching, is a Harvard/Fordham trained New York State licensed social worker: 25 years of advanced training and experience as a psychotherapist and coach. She has developed the "AWAKENED HEART SYSTEM" (based on how to heal, grow, empower yourself), incorporating numerous therapeutic/healing modalities, including traditional and body-mind transformative techniques.

Email or Call Buffy Bernhardt, LMSW at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 24260

More Info About My Practice

FINANCES : AVERAGE COST: $120.00-180.00. SLIDING SCALE; ACCEPTED PAYMENT METHODS: cash, check ACCEPTED INSURANCE PLANS: * out of network practitioner; most providers accept out of network. HOURS: day/evening hours Wednesday-Saturday.

How Psychotherapy Can Help

When you learn to ride a bike, you are guided by one who knows how to ride a bike. When it comes to "creating the life you want", resolving challenging life issues, unscrambling situations that seem hopeless, there is nothing wrong with seeking help. I view my role as a therapist as a way-shower through life's twists and turns. Asking for extra help during trying times is a healthy way to seek the guidance you need. It is a sign of strength to know when and how to ask for support.

I often see people who have seen other therapists, and are not satisfied with their progress. This work is unique in that it is holistic, broad spectrum, and offers powerful tools for growth. I am interested in exploring your past positive and negative experiences in therapy, in order to explore what you are looking for and what works for you. This process is here to serve you.

I work with those in transitional stages of life, such as divorce, illness, midlife changes, emotional/behavioral challenge, loss and bereavement, general transition into new job, birth of a child, starting over in life. These times of change in life can bring up pain of the unresolved past, where we have limited beliefs and behaviors that no longer serve us. These times can also be seen as opportunities for growth and healing. It is my honor to walk beside another in search of deep comfort, inner resolve, and personal transformation, in a heartfelt and gentle way.

"Every thought we think is creating our future. You can heal your life. " Louise Hay

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Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Coaching
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy
  • Home-Based Therapy

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Client Concerns Within Your Scope of Practice

  • Abandonment
  • Abortion / Post Abortion Issues
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Adoption / Reunion Issues
  • Aggression and Violence
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • Breakup
  • Bullying
  • Cancer
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Control Issues
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Fertility Issues
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Jealousy
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Men's Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Military and Veterans Issues
  • Money and Financial Issues
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Narcissism
  • Other - Not Listed Here
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Perfectionism
  • Phobias
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Post Traumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Power
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Pregnancy and Birthing
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Religious Issues
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Anger Management
  • Autogenic Training
  • Body Talk System
  • Body-Mind Psychotherapy
  • Breathwork
  • Client-Directed Outcome-Informed Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy /REBT
  • Collaborative Couple Therapy
  • Conflict Resolution Therapy
  • Contemplative Psychotherapy
  • Developmental Model of Couples Therapy
  • Ecotherapy / Nature Therapy
  • Emotion Focused Couples Therapy
  • Emotion Focused Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Energy Psychology
  • Feminist Therapy
  • Focusing
  • Guided Therapeutic Imagery
  • Holistic Psychotherapy
  • Humanistic Psychology
  • Imago Relationship Therapy
  • Integral Psychotherapy
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Integrative Body Psychotherapy
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy
  • Journal Therapy
  • Journey Therapy
  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy
  • Mindfulness Based Interventions
  • Non-Violent Communication
  • Object Relations
  • Other - Not Listed Here
  • Parent Work
  • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy
  • Person Centered / Rogerian
  • Pesso Boyden System Psychomotor
  • Positive Psychology
  • Positive Psychotherapy
  • Possibility Therapy
  • Process Oriented Psychology
  • Psychosynthesis
  • Radiant Heart Therapy
  • Reality Therapy
  • Redecision therapy
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Relationship Enhancement Therapy
  • Self Acceptance Training
  • Self Psychology
  • Self Relations
  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
  • Shamanic Journeying / Psychoshamanic
  • Soul-Centered Psychiatry
  • Transpersonal Psychotherapy

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