Mia Bernardi is a mental health counselor who utilizes an integrative approach to psychotherapy that includes narrative and cognitive-behavioral (CBT) techniques. Mia is passionate about community-based psychology and strives to approach issues systemically. Mia has received extensive multicultural training and has worked with diverse adult populations to include those with chronic physical illness, mood disorders, anxiety, and anger management concerns. In addition, Mia has experience with the LGBTQI+ community. She has also worked with those who were previously incarcerated.
Mia believes that the foundation of successful therapy is a strong relationship between the therapist and client. As a result, Mia strives to cultivate a supportive, nonjudgmental environment unique to each client and their differing needs. With the client’s help, Mia attempts to generate a holistic understanding of the client and how they interact with the world around them. Mia believes that each client is the expert of their own experience and works collaboratively to create goals and treatment plans.
Mia’s previous clinical experience includes working at Archcare for Terence Cardinal Cooke Healthcare Center in East Harlem. At Terence Cardinal Cooke, Mia conducted individual and group psychotherapy with residents who were dealing with chronic physical illness. Many residents presented with co-occurring mental health concerns. This experience ignited Mia’s passion for helping others manage the effects of physical illness. Mia has also worked at The Dean Hope Center for Educational and Psychological Services at Columbia University, where she gained experience counseling young adults dealing with mood disorders and identity issues.
Education & Experience:
- Master of Education in Psychological Counseling from Teachers College, Columbia University, NY
- Master of Arts in Psychological Counseling from Teachers College, Columbia University, NY
- Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Boston University, MA
- Completed clinical externship at Archcare for Terence Cardinal Cooke