Naomi Berry, MC, LPC
I think there comes a time in most everyone’s life when they ask themselves some important, meaningful and potentially life changing questions about where and who they are, if they want to keep doing what they’re doing and if they are truly living an authentic life. That time came for me while going through the major life transition of a divorce with three small children. It was during this soul-searching, and difficult period of change that I took stock of my life and explored what the next stage of my life could look and feel like. I realized that while I had built a successful retail business, what had brought me the most joy and fulfillment was helping people face-to-face. Whether as a mother, friend, employer or serving on a board, it was making a difference in someone’s life that brought me the most meaning. In looking back, I am now grateful for that painful experience that shifted my perspective and helped me rediscover my purpose in life.
Following the divorce, I went back to graduate school to study psychology, obtain a masters degree in counseling and embark on the path to becoming a therapist. I dived into the field of counseling on a deep level, and have since completed numerous trainings and professional certifications in addition to my formal education. I am a life long learner and that continues to manifest itself as I immerse myself in therapeutic modalities, staying current in the latest advances in the field. I enjoy working with all kinds of people on a variety of issues, but was drawn to specific specialties because they touch me personally and are so prevalent in today’s society.
I am passionate about helping people navigate life transitions because, while they can be difficult and traumatic, they can also be profound opportunities for change and catalysts for growth. Change is never easy, but it is one of the only things we can truly count on in life. And, we all go through major life transitions, such as having a baby or struggling with infertility as I did, a divorce or becoming an empty nester. Trauma and anxiety are also prevalent in our culture, and often impact our ability to live openly and authentically. Nearly everyone will experience some kind of trauma in their life, and regardless of how big or small, trauma can have a profound impact on our ability to trust and experience joy in life. Anxiety can also significantly impact our ability to engage others fully and make meaningful connections. I’ve had great success working with people suffering from trauma and anxiety, and these twochallenges often go hand-in-hand. I know from experience that a skilled, compassionate therapist can provide the support, skills, guidance and insight to help manage symptoms and live an empowered, meaningful and authentic life.
In addition to working with individuals, I have come to truly love working with couples. I was initially attracted to relationship counseling because of the experience I had going through divorce and then cultivating a healthier and authentic relationship with my second husband. Because intimate relationships can be so important to our overall wellbeing, it became my personal mission to discover what makes relationships healthy and sustainable. I recognize how many obstacles couples face, especially in today’s world with the additional challenges that can come with navigating breakups, divorce, remarriage, co-parenting, and blending families. A healthy relationship with a partner ultimately begins with cultivating a healthy, loving relationship with ourselves. But, there are also highly effective ways that we can relate with our partners that took me years of personal and professional experience to learn. Today, I love sharing this information and helping my clients cultivate and maintain healthy, secure relationships within their intimate partnerships and families.
The foundation of my work is to help my clients become authentically selfactualized. That process and end result looks different for everyone. But, I know both personally and professionally that you can discover what holds value and meaning, take steps to live those values and find true fulfillment in your life. I understand and appreciate that life can be difficult at times, and we will face roadblocks and challenges. But, with my help, as a highly trained and understanding therapist along with your willingness to work for change, it is possible to turn pain into joy—even if it feels messy and uncomfortable along the way.
While we share so many similarities as human beings, we are also each so different, which is why I will get to know what makes you unique and help you discover your own authentic answers. I bring empathy, warmth, compassion and skill into eachsession. I believe in taking a holistic—mind, body and spirit—approach to growth and healing,not just treating symptoms.
Education, Credentials and Certifications
I earned my BS in History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and my Master of Counseling from the University of Phoenix. I am licensed in the state of Arizona and a nationally credentialed therapist with the National Board of CertifiedCounselors (NCC). I am a professional member of Arizona Emotionally Focused Therapy Community (AzEFT), International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT), American Counseling Association (ACA), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing International Association (EMDRIA), Arizona Counselors Association (AzCA) and Past Board Vice President of Employee Assistance Professional Association of Central Arizona (azeapa).
- Certificate: EMDRIA/EMDR Certified Therapist 2016
- Certificate: IATP Certified Clinical Trauma Professional 2014
The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.
I believe that we all have the capacity to learn, grow, heal and create long-lasting change. We hold the innate ability to discover and realize our true potential and live an authentic life in line with our deepest values. I view therapy as a shared, supportive, compassionate journey that can help you tune into your authentic self, develop attainable goals and work toward sustainable, meaningful change. By holistically addressing and integrating mind, body and spirit, all kinds of challenges—depression, anxiety, divorce, stress, relationship issues, grief—can be better understood and overcome.
I create a safe, supportive, warm, practical and respectful therapeutic relationship in which you can feel comfortable sharing everything and anything. I draw from a variety of modalities that have been proven effective in addressing a wide range of issues. Specific modalities I work with include:
- Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR): This highly effective and empirically proven integrative psychotherapy approach is well known for helping people process trauma, but it can also be highly effective in helping to manage and even overcome many life challenges such as depression, anxiety, addictions, OCD and phobias as well as providing relief from stressors, such as divorce, grief, job loss, and medical traumas. Through simple techniques, EMDR stimulates the brain to better understand and process trauma and other experiences, which helps clients perceive disturbing memories and thoughts in a less distressful way. For more information on EMDR therapy go to www.emdr.com. For more information on how I use EMDR in my practice go to www.naomiberrycounseling.com and select my Trauma Specialty Page.
- Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT): Another highly effective and evidence-based treatment, EFT is often used in couples therapy, but can also be a highly beneficial approach for families and individuals in any kind of relationship at any stage of life. EFT gets right to the heart of the problems that keep relationships from being deeply satisfying. It is designed to stop the negative and stuck patterns in relationships and helps couples and family members create more deeply connected and secure bonds. For more information on how I use EFT in my practice go to www.naomiberrycounseling.com and select my Couples Specialty Page.
- Mindfulness Practices for Stress Reduction: This mind-body approach is effective in helping clients feel safe and grounded in the present moment as they also cultivate an increased understanding and awareness of themselves and their experiences. Based in calming the body, correcting thinking and confronting fears (the three C’s), this highly effective approach can help you effectively cope with pain, illness, stress and other challenges. For more information on how I use mindfulness practices in my practice, please go to www.naomiberrycounseling.com and select my Anxiety Specialty Page.
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): This solution-focused treatment helps to identify and reframe negative patterns of thoughts and behaviors. It is commonly used to treat depression and anxiety, although it has proven highly effective in helping people work through a myriad of issues. A form of talk therapy, CBT is oriented toward exploring the relationship between thoughts, feelings and behaviors and developing problem solving skills.
- Reality/Choice Therapy: Also a solution-focused therapy, Reality therapy, based on Choice theory, focuses on problem-solving and making better choices in order to achieve specific goals. Reality therapy helps people examine their wants and needs, take an honest evaluation of current behaviors, identify changes you can make and develop realistic plans of action to help you live authentically in line with what’s most important to you
I understand and appreciate that every person, family and relationship is unique, which is why I work collaboratively with my clients to develop a therapy strategy that best supports and addresses their specific personalities, histories, values, needs and therapy goals. The overall goal of my sessions is to help my clients reconnect with who they instinctually are. Together, we can break down and reframe the thoughts, feelings and beliefs that no longer serve you so you can reclaim a truly authentic relationship with yourself. You can learn to accept what you cannot change, respond authentically to what you can and make choices that support your core values.
Services I Provide
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a cost-effective, non-invasive, evidence-based method of psychotherapy which was originally developed by Francine Shapiro, PhD in the late 1980’s for PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). There have been 24 randomized control studies of EMDR therapy which attest to its value and demonstrate its usefulness across all ages, genders, and cultures. Tens of thousands of clinicians have been trained all over the world in EMDR therapy and studies have supported the use of EMDR with many special populations with an assortment of conditions such as Acute Stress Disorder due to Recent Incident trauma or disasters, personality disorders, eating disorders, anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, performance anxiety, complicated grief, dissociative disorders, addictions, chronic pain, sexual and/or physical abuse, ADHD, and body dysmorphic disorders, just to name a few.
EMDR has been accepted as an effective form of treatment by several major health organizations including most recently the WHO (World Health Organization). It is listed as an evidenced–based practice by SAMHSA (Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration) and NREPP (National Registry of Evidenced Based Practices and Programs) and the VA/DOD Clinical Practice Guidelines (2004, 2010) recognize EMDR as being a “A” category (the highest level designation) for treatment of trauma.
EMDR is an eight-phase treatment which comprehensively identifies and addresses experiences that have overwhelmed the brain’s natural resilience or coping capacity, and have thereby generated traumatic symptoms and/or harmful coping strategies.
Through EMDR therapy, patients are able to reprocess traumatic information until it is no longer psychologically disruptive. EMDR is a physiologically–based therapy that appears to be similar to what occurs naturally in REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep and seems to have a direct effect on the way our brain processes and stores information.
The Adaptive Information Processing Model is the guiding principle of the EMDR approach and it postulates that health and wellbeing is supported by positive and successful experiences that increasingly prepare a person to handle new challenges and that the brain is equipped to manage and process adversity. Sometimes it just needs a little help. EMDR Therapy utilizes a 3 pronged approach which includes not only a focus on past (contributory) memories, but also focused reprocessing of present situation that continue to be triggering, as well as the development of an adaptive, positive template for the future.
“EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma. When you cut your hand, your body works to close the wound. If a foreign object or repeated injury irritates the wound, it festers and causes pain. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. EMDR therapy demonstrates that a similar sequence of events occurs with mental processes. The brain’s information processing system naturally moves toward mental health. If the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound festers and can cause intense suffering. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. Using the detailed protocols and procedures learned in EMDR therapy training sessions, clinicians help clients activate their natural healing processes.” (Francine Shapiro, EMDR .com)
For more information, go to www.emdr.com, www.EMDRIA.org, www.aztrn.org (Early EMDR Intervention and Disaster response). www.emdrhap.org (International Humanitarian organization) Shapiro’s describes EMDR therapy in a 1 hour webinar/video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsQbzfW9txc
Stress Reduction and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Stress is part of being alive and some of its stimulating effects can be good, but too much of it can have a negative effect on our health. Stress Management and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy will help you learn more effective ways of coping with stress by:
- helping you recognize and evaluate any factors that may be putting you under any unnecessary stress,
- provide you with the stress management skills necessary for you to alter or change the feeling, thoughts, or behaviors that are aggravating or causing your current health problems, and
- will show you, through mindfulness based practices, that you can control physical stress by learning to relax and flow through it.
The various techniques that can be employed in a stress management therapy session include relaxation, biofeedback, cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), and mindfulness–based practices such as guided imagery, deep breathing, muscle stretching, and meditation. Instead of being stuck in flight, flight, or freeze, you learn how to flow.
Emotionally Focused Therapy
Emotionally Focused Therapy is a structured form of couples’ therapy, built alongside the science of attachment and bonding. It helps couples increase connection, rebuild trust, feel supported, and cultivate fulfillment and intimacy in their relationships.
Research regarding the effectiveness of Emotionally Focused Therapy over the last thirty years, demonstrates that EFT is the most empirically valid form of couples’ therapy currently in use by qualified therapists. Importantly, the research also shows that after completing EFT, 90 percent of couples experience improvement in their relationships, no matter how much they previously struggled. Research on the success of EFT demonstrates that couples consistently resolve conflict, recapture love, improve communication, and move from emotional distress to recovery. EFT is uniquely effective in addressing relationship injuries, including, but certainly not limited to, infidelity. Couples using EFT report feeling more intimate, understood, and valued by their partners. Other common couples therapeutic models that focus on how to communicate better or how to problem solve have been proven less effective than Emotionally Focused Therapy. With EFT, couples get to the root of the problem instead of only treating the symptoms. In session, we will work together in a nonjudgmental, safe space to uncover the vulnerable feelings that lie below the surface and address the real questions that are driving your negative patterns of interactions.
Naomi Berry MA, LPC uses EFT in working with all couples at Optimal You.
Dialectical (DBT) Theory
Three major theoretical frameworks—a behavioral science biosocial model of the development of chronic mental health issues, the mindfulness practice of Zen Buddhism, and the philosophy of dialectics—combine to form the basis for DBT.
The biosocial theory attempts to explain how issues related to borderline personality develop. The theory posits that some people are born with a predisposition toward emotional vulnerability. Environments that lack solid structure and stability can intensify a person’s negative emotional responses and influence patterns of interaction that become destructive. These patterns can harm relationships and functioning across all settings and often result in suicidal behavior and/or a diagnosis of borderline personality.
DBT draws mindfulness techniques from Zen Buddhism in order to use here-and-now presence of mind to help people in therapy objectively and calmly assess situations. Mindfulness training allows people to take stock of their current experience, evaluate the facts, and focus on one thing at a time.
Dialectics are used to support both the therapist and person in treatment in pulling from both extremes of any issue. Therapists use dialectics to help people accept the parts of themselves they do not like and to provide motivation and encouragement to address the change of those parts. Synthesizing polar opposites can reduce tension and help keep therapy moving forward.
Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a therapy designed to help people change patterns of behavior that are not helpful, such as self-harm, suicidal thinking, and substance abuse.
Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a type of cognitive behavioral therapy. Its main goal is to teach the patient skills to cope with stress, regulate emotions and improve relationships with others.
Learn more at www.linehaninstitute.org
“Mindfulness” describes a mental state of nonjudgmental attention to and awareness of the present moment -- along with calm acknowledgment of feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations as they arise. Mindfulness can also describe a type of meditation practice which cultivates this awareness, a quality all human beings possess.
According to Mindful.org, “mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.”
Mindfulness meditation comes from early Buddhist traditions over 2500 years old, developed to foster
- clear thinking
- open-heartedness, and
- the alleviation of suffering
Despite its Buddhist origins, mindfulness meditation requires no special religious or cultural belief system. In fact, Jon-Kabat-Zinn PhD is internationally known for bringing these practices to the West – creating a research-based program called “Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction” that has benefited people from all walks of life. This program has been a helpful ancillary form of treatment for many patients with conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, depression, anxiety, psoriasis, and other chronic conditions caused or exacerbated by modifiable lifestyle factors.
As one aim of mindfulness is to take greater responsibility for one’s life choices, it may both strengthen one’s internal resources for optimizing health, and evoke greater engagement with one’s health care too.
Ample research documents effectiveness of mindfulness practices in avoiding relapse in depression, addictions, and also in many forms of anxiety. Studies of its applications in trauma survivors are underway as well. Some forms of psychotherapy which use these practices include Dialectic Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), and Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention. It is not a panacea, though. Psychiatrists and therapists keep aware of potential pitfalls with certain types of people, conditions, and timing. For instance, actively psychotic patients may worsen with long periods of silence in an extended mindfulness retreat. Once symptoms remit though, the person may be well able to participate and benefit from such programs.
Mindfulness can be taught as part of formal meditation practice, and also as integrated into everyday life situations. It isn’t about changing what you think or feel – but about becoming gradually more aware of these things in a moment-to-moment way. Through mindfulness practice, you can develop a wiser and more compassionate relationship with your own mind and body. This pays dividends not only in how you feel personally, but also in the quality of your relationships with others.
All Optimal You professionals apply some form of mindfulness principles or practice in their work.
Initial Intake: 90 minutes $225.00
Subsequent Sessions: 45-50 minutes $150.00
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