Hello. I am a Professional Counselor in Wisconsin in the mental health field. I received my Master's Degree in Psychology and Counseling with a focus on psychological trauma from Goddard College. My undergraduate work was done at Purdue University where I received a Bachelor's Degree in Science and Culture with a minor in Psychology in 1984. I have worked as a counselor/therapist with men and women in state and county correctional facilities, with adolescents and their families at a crisis center, and with a large private practice where I provided marriage counseling and individual therapy for adolescents and adults. I opened my own private practice, Life Matters Counseling LLC, in 2007.
I have found that experiences that are overwhelming, especially in the formative years or over an extended period of time, can be the most difficult for people. I have had many years of experience learning the therapeutic approaches that are most effective in assisting people to lead satisfying lives. Additionally, I have acquired a thorough understanding of systems of the body as they respond to the stress of daily life and the impact this can have on our behavior.
In addition to degree courses, I have received training offered at hospitals in Madison on topics including the bioenergetics of the human body, meditation, and Eidetic imagery, and have completed level one of Cranio-Sacral Therapy with the Upledger Institute. I appreciate the mind-body connection and have increased my skill as a therapist by learning more about how the body handles stress. To offer a more comprehensive approach to the treatment I can offer, I have studied complimentary modalities to assist people in developing the skills they need to heal, such as Focusing.
A significant part of my professional perspective comes from psychotherapy training I received over several years in Self-Acceptance Training from Milwaukee therapist Richard Olney and others. I am also a 2002 graduate of the Hoffman Institute Quadrinity Process in California, an internationally recognized group therapy program. Outside of my profession, I have previously served as a Big Brother, an after school teacher, and as a therapist with autistic children. Before hanging out my shingle I worked in public policy development and research grant management with the state of Wisconsin and as an instructor at performance driving schools.
Brian L. Berninger, M.A., LPC Licensed Professional Counselor 802 W. Broadway, Madison, WI 53713 608-338-3540 or 608-764-8580