Dawn Van Berkel, Resident

Dawn Van Berkel, Resident-bio


Resident in Counseling, Certified Trauma Professional, EMDR trained, Certified Parent Coach


Adolescents, Adults, Families


Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Strengths-Based Therapy, EMDR, Internal Family Systems (IFS), and other evidence-based treatment modalities


In-person, Telehealth


Daytime, Evening


Out of network with all plans

About Me:

I enjoy working with adolescents, adults, and the LGBTQIA+ community, and treat a variety of issues, including depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, low self-esteem, women’s issues, men’s issues, family conflict, parenting, career support, and life transitions. Some additional areas of focus that I work with are faith-based trauma, sexual assault, and ethical non-monogamy. I am a PCI® certified parent coach. My certification training, along with my experience raising teenagers, has given me the ability to support all parents, with a special interest in parents of children with autism.

In my sessions, I incorporate mindfulness techniques, and bring compassion, openness, humor, and authenticity. I believe in the power of developing a trusting relationship and creating a warm, safe, non-judgmental environment to facilitate growth and increase self-awareness. I draw from different counseling theories to meet my clients’ individual needs as the process will be different for everyone, as it should be.

My office is an inclusive and welcoming space for all people. I practice under the supervision of Melanie Davis, LPC. I provide an atmosphere of warmth, genuineness, acceptance, and respect for each unique individual to encourage personal growth.


M.Ed. in Counseling, George Mason University

M.S. in Organizational Behavior, University of Maryland

Post-Baccalaureate in Psychology, University of South Florida

B.B.A, University of Miami

Professional Affiliation:

American Counseling Association

Chi Sigma Iota International Honor Society

Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society

More About Me:

For nearly 20 years, my passion has been making a positive impact on others. Through my previous work in corporate and non-profit organizations, I have always centered my career around helping people. For the last four years, one of the highlights of my week has been volunteering at a preschool for at-risk families where I intuitively gravitate to the children who need a little extra help to succeed. I am also the proud owner of a Labrador Retriever named Olive who is a “therapy dog in training”, who is currently very enthusiastic about meeting new people.

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