WelcomeHi, I'm Dr. Tali Yuz Berliner, Psy.D.,
a licensed Clinical Psychologist and your ally through the therapeutic process.
You have likely visited this site because you desire some positive change in your life. There are a variety of reasons why someone may decide to begin therapy but regardless of the reason, deciding to do so takes courage. As you begin the therapy process, it is important to find a psychologist you can connect with as the therapeutic relationship can be the catalyst for change. It is necessary to consider goodness of fit regarding experience and knowledge of your needs as well as the ability to feel comfortable and safe to take risks and grow.
Areas of Specialty
Eating DisordersIn a time where we are bombarded by mixed messages about food and weight, it is easy to understand how someone can adopt an unhealthy relationship with food and his/her body. It often starts innocently with a diet or a new workout plan and over time becomes increasingly all consuming and potentially life threatening.
DepressionWhile everyone experiences bad days when he/she feels sad and hopeless, depression is much more serious. In addition to these feelings, individuals struggling with depression may also feel empty, apathetic and their physical health can start to deteriorate.
AnxietyEveryone experiences some form of anxiety at one point in his or her life. In its origins, anxiety has an adaptive function and in its milder form can even be described as healthy. For example, mild anxiety about an upcoming job interview leads us to effectively prepare in order to put our best foot forward.
RelationshipsIt is no surprise that problems in relationships can lead to pain and sadness, and that depression and anxiety can sometimes follow. It is important to understand the relationships you are in and also the role you play in them.
GriefIt is important to process the experience of and the emotions that surround a loss. Typical feelings associated with grief include sadness, anger, guilt, numbness, and confusion. In addition to these emotions, individuals who are grieving may have changes in their appetite, changes in weight and/or, have difficulties with sleep.
Life TransitionsChange is an inevitable part of life and is accompanied by stress and anxiety whether the change is expected or not. Even positive transitions require a period of adjustment and can also bring on feelings of fear. You are not alone in experiencing the difficulty that comes along with adapting to changes in life.
"The only way that we can live, is if we grow. The only way that we can grow is if we change."
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
CBT is a type of goal-oriented talk therapy that assumes that our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are interrelated. It focuses on helping individuals challenge their inaccurate and/or negative thinking patterns in order to view situations more accurately, which leads to less distress.
In addition to learning new ways to navigate how we think, CBT also incorporates concrete skill building to help individuals cope more effectively.
Dialectical-Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
DBT is a type of cognitive-behavioral therapy specifically aimed at helping individuals regulate their emotions, communicate with others more effectively and decrease conflict in relationships.
It involves learning and actively using skills. There are four domains of skills that are taught: mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance, and emotion regulation.
A client-centered type of talk therapy that guides clients toward developing an improved understanding of themselves and how they interact with others.
Through specific questions, intimate conversations, and guided prompts, past patterns are discovered and processed in order to bring clarity to issues that are currently affecting one’s daily life. With a new understanding of one’s struggles, it empowers individuals to make realistic changes.
A direct, client-centered approach that helps explore and resolve ambivalence in order to achieve changes in an individual’s life.
It assists clients in taking the first step towards change and growth as it allows them to evaluate the costs and benefits of potentially destructive behaviors impacting their happiness and success.
Intuitive Eating Model
A non-diet approach that connects individuals back to their hunger and fullness cues in order to heal their relationship with food. The model explains that people are all born naturally as intuitive eaters (i.e. babies cry when hungry and pull away when full); however, certain messages over time often lead us astray.
By learning certain principles such as how to appropriately respond to hunger and fullness cues, cope with emotional eating and be more mindful, the process will guide you back to being an intuitive eater.