About Ann Bernhardt
I began clinical practice in 1973 working with adults, adolescents, children, and elders in brief and continuing psychotherapy, counseling, psychoeducation, and consultation in life-phase issues in individual, group, relational, and intergenerational contexts. My practice emphasizes all phases of lifespan concerns, from initial questions that mark inner and outer transitions, to appreciation of life issues at their source, to proactive formulation of life changes, to actualization that restores personal wholeness and meaning in life context.
My experience provides opportunity for integrative approaches in lifespan transitions and challenges with individuals, couples, and families. Clients are encouraged to access mental health services before small concerns become larger problems. For children and adolescents, emphasis has shifted from waiting to see if a problem develops to addressing prior concerns that potentially lead to later problems in development. For adults and seniors, emphasis has shifted from living with problems to understanding that development continues through the lifespan.
My scope of practice emphasizes a holistic approach in addressing integrative health, psychological well-being, interpersonal relationships, and community connections to further personal meaning and life goals. I work with clients to identify preventative, strength-based, and problem-focused interventions sensitive to life phase, cultural and personal values, interpersonal context, and collaborative resources.
At our initial meeting, we identify goals and establish outcomes for our work together and consider next steps. The initial meeting provides an evaluation of presenting issues and provides a focus for therapy. Our concern in the initial meeting will also be to identify complex issues and discuss referrals for collaborative care as needed.