Meg Berry, LCSW

Meg Berry, LCSW

Professions: Clinical Social Work
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Social Work
Secondary Credential: LCSW
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1-800-651-8085 ext. 32558
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Office 1
Sarasota, Florida 34238 - United States
Office 2
Waterford, Connecticut 06385 - United States

Billing and Insurance

I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage

Fees: I charge $130-$190 per session.
I offer $50 off the initial session, different from the free consultation, if you mention this to me

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I strongly believe in people's ability to be who they truly are, be at peace within themselves, and maintain a sense of safety both internally and externally. I empower people every day suffering from depression, anxiety and other stress-related behavioral and emotional symptoms live the balanced and symptom free life they desire by utilizing their strengths as well as their internal and external resources. I am trained in several models of therapy and with the client, we determine which is best for each individual client.

Sometimes clients want to delve into their past to understand themselves and work through their symptoms and other clients only want to have techniques to handle their symptoms in the present without going into their past. I provide both counseling (delving into your past to get you where you want to be now) and life coaching (staying present focused and results oriented).

Along with different modalities of care, I offer tele-mental health counseling and life coaching meaning I provide safe, HIPAA compliant mental health or life coaching sessions over a the web using video and audio to meet with my clients when they otherwise would not be able to meet with me in person.

Email or Call Meg Berry, LCSW at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 32558

More Info About My Practice

I charge $130-$190 depending on the length and type of session. You may be able to use out of network insurance benefits and receive reimbursement payment directly yo you. I strongly believe in your confidentiality. Insurance companies can ask for your file and by staying out of network or private pay gives you the peace of mind of not having your personal life shared with others or staying in your permanent health record.

It is vital to think about what is most important to you when looking for a therapist. Cost (think about short term vs long term cost) or getting someone who can truly help you potentially in less time and with better long term effects. Don't make whether a therapist takes your insurance as proof they are the right therapist for you. You want to find a therapist who can give you the best treatment in the shortest time with the best outcome. This is your life and whether or not I am the right therapist for you, my goal is to give you what you need. If I am not the right fit, I will help you find someone who is.

I offer web-based counseling and life coaching through a HIPAA compliant web platform called Doxy.me. There are so many benefits to web-based counseling including accessibility despite other challenges such as transportation or child-care, anonymity, and adaptability to a client's circumstances in life. It is a legal and ethical way to provide therapy. I am credentialed by the Center for Credentialing and Education as a Distance Credentialed Counselor meaning I have been through extensive training and meet the national guidelines for distance counseling also known as telemental health counseling.

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

Trauma Recovery, Panic, Depression, Anxiety, Stress Management. All of these issues can be treated with EMDR (which must be done in person, not via web cam) and is extensively researched and shown to be more effective with less time in therapy. These needs can also be met effectively and reliably through on-line sessions using techniques other than EMDR.

How Psychotherapy Can Help

Often we get so caught up in our lives that we don't realize the impact our lives are having on us. Maybe someone else has pointed out to you that you seem more irritable, more snappy, more isolative, etc. You may even come up with excuses (work is stressful). If you stop and take the time to determine if what these people are saying has any truth to it, you may find that life has impacted you in a negative way. It can be so relieving to just vent out the stresses while learning skills to identify when life is starting to get the best of you and how to handle it so moving forward. Therapy can give people peace of mind that they are ok and how they are feeling or what they are thinking IS normal.

What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist

When I was growing up I had a plan of what I wanted to be. That changed many times. When I went into college, I still had a plan for what I wanted to do, which did not include being a therapist. Once I graduated with my Masters in Social Work and started in the field I realized how special it is to be a therapist. I love being able to help people understand their symptoms (whether behavioral or emotional) and helping them overcome those symptoms to live the life they deserve and desire. To see the realization in people's faces when they realize that their symptoms are normal and why they are having them gives me such a sense of happiness. Once people understand something, it is easier to deal with. Unknowns are scary. So much of the brain is still unknown that having an answer to "why am I feeling or thinking this way" is so freeing.

Had a Negative Therapy Experience?

There are so many therapists with so many degrees (LCSW, LPC, LMFT, etc) and each one has their own style of therapy. I am not saying one style or degree is better than another, but we are relational beings and we do not get along with everyone. We do not share the same beliefs as everyone else. The most important aspect of therapy is the therapeutic relationship. People will come see me who have had negative experiences in the past. I strive to make the experience as healing as possible from the initial contact and if it does not seem I am a good fit for you, I will help you find another therapist; no questions asked.

What I Say to People Concerned about the Therapy Process

You are involved in every step of the process. From the initial contact, I will let you know what to expect from our sessions and what to expect from each on-going session. You are never in the dark. I start each session with an explanation of what we will be doing that day and end each session doing our session note together and asking you to fill out a form with four questions to ensure I am giving you what you need. If the scores drop, I come back to you with what I believe I can do to improve the sessions and ask you to tell me what I can do to improve the sessions. If this is not enough, I will help you find another therapist.

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Services I Provide

  • Clinical Supervision
  • Coaching
  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy

Ages I Work With

  • Adults

Languages

  • English

Groups I Work With

    Trauma survivors

Client Concerns Within Your Scope of Practice

  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Emptiness
  • Fear
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Irritability
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Panic
  • Phobias
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Rejection
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Shame
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues
  • Worry

Types of Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy /REBT
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Thought Field Therapy
  • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

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