What is Wm Berry.com
First, I perceive this site as somewhere between my professional self and the rest of my self. My professional self, predominately my love of psychology, is a big part of who I am, and is reflected in my career choices. Everything I read relates to personal and spiritual growth and psychology. It’s really interesting, the day before I wrote this, while searching for a last minute gift at the book store, I read a passage from a book on Buddhism that said the goal of life is happiness. I believe this is true, but that there is more. I believe the goal for life is self actualization and enlightenment, which will contribute to happiness. And I believe I am living the dream, working toward that for myself while having careers that allow me to assist others on their path.
I have worked in the field of addiction for over 16 years, starting as a life skills counselor with only a semester of college. While working in the field I obtained an Associates Degree in Human Services, then a Bachelors Degree in Psychology. I have been a Certified Addiction Professional since 1996. And then I obtained my Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology at the age of 43, while working as an addiction counselor.
Since obtaining my Masters Degree I have become an Adjunct Professor at Florida International University, conducting a several psychology courses, and at Nova Southeastern University, conducting psychology courses in substance abuse and the family, interpersonal communication, and the physiology and psychology of drugs.
At the same time, I more often feel like a blue collar guy who has read a lot about psychology, philosophy, and self-improvement. I believe this is evident in my treatment approach. My clients have joked that they could tell my colleague is a therapist if she were walking around the neighborhood, but a stranger might not know I was the therapist if they walked into group.
Thank you for visiting the site. I hope you find the content helpful or at least stimulating. I welcome your comments.
Master of Science in Counseling Psychology
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Florida International University
Wm. Berry Psychological Services
Clinician in Private Practice