Naomi Berry, MC, LPC
What We're Saying
I’ve known Naomi for years through social events and knew she had become a wonderful counselor. There was no question that I had to add her!!! She is one of the most lovely, caring, thoughtful and interested individuals I’ve ever met and her patients are lucky to have such a fine therapist. I’m a staunch believer in getting help when needed and not to put it off. Her gentle way of being of service is so necessary in today’s world. She also specializes in PTSD so keep that in mind if you or anyone you know needs help of any kind.
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 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.
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 with others and make meaningful connections. I’ve had great success working with people suffering from trauma and anxiety, and these two challenges 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, 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 self-actualized. 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 each session. I believe in taking a holistic—mind, body and spirit—approach to growth and healing, not just treating symptoms.
While I am deeply connected to and passionate about my work, I also believe in cultivating a healthy life/work balance. Outside of the office, I love spending time with my family and engaging in nourishing forms of self-care. I also love to travel. I find people, cultures, places and religions fascinating. I enjoy learning about how different people experience life, as well as discovering the commonalities that tie us all together.
I invite you to call my office at at 480-427-3553 to schedule a free 15-30 minute phone consultation or contact me here. I look forward to discussing your specific needs and therapy goals and answering any questions you have about my practice.
Naomi Berry earned her BS in History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her Master of Counseling from the University of Phoenix-Mental Health Counseling. She is licensed in the state of Arizona and a nationally credentialed therapist with the National Board of Certified Counselors (NCC). Naomi is 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). Naomi has also trained in numerous modalities. Please refer to training page. Certified in EMDR therapy by The EMDR International Association (EMDRIA). I am also a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional by the International Association of Trauma Professionals (IATP)
Do you find yourself frequently worrying and having difficulty controlling your anxious thoughts? Do you have a persistent sense that something is going to go wrong and you won’t be able to handle it? Are you having a hard time focusing and often feel distracted by your fears?
Do you feel anxious, stressed and easily triggered about something that happened recently or long ago? Are you struggling with looping thoughts, uncomfortable memories, intrusive flashbacks or nightmares? Do you feel ashamed about what happened to you or someone you love and wonder if it was your fault?
Do you feel lost, overwhelmed or anxious as you face a period of transition? Has a life change—whether planned for or completely unexpected—swept the rug out from under you, making you question your identity, values and purpose?
Does it seem as though you and your partner are stuck and becoming increasingly disconnected? Are you feeling hopeless that your marriage will ever be the fulfilling relationship that you yearn for?
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 offer 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 help clients perceive disturbing memories and thoughts in a less distressful way.
• 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.
• Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR): 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.
• 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 Therapy/Choice Theory: 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 can help you examine your 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.
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. I tend to incorporate mindfulness into sessions, which helps clients ground into the present moment, increase self-awareness and connect 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 to what you can and make choices that support your core values.
Regardless of what you and/or your family is going through, there is always hope for healing, growth and positive forward motion. I invite you to call my office at 480-427-3553 to schedule a 15-30 minute free phone consultation. I see clients Monday through Friday, as well as offer some evening and weekend appointments. I am a real, highly trained, personal, empathetic therapist who truly cares and can hold the supportive space you need to let go of old patterns and live a happier, more connected and empowered life. I may challenge you at times, but in sessions with me, you will always be supported as you dig deep, heal relationships, process experiences, overcome challenges and begin living as your authentic self.
- 8114 E Cactus Rd., #240
Scottsdale, AZ 85260