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Dr. Nicholas Debernardi


Dr. Nicholas Debernardi

Comments from Dr. Nick Debernardi about his approach to helping others:

My approach focuses on developing a strong collaborative relationship with my clients and helping you facilitate the type of change you seek to make in your life. I listen carefully to your needs and help identify the most salient aspects you seek to change. Underlying my work is a focus on building a trusting working relationship that allows for greater insight and understanding of life experiences. However, there is not one therapeutic approach that fits all, which is why I work closely with you to identify your own needs and goals. Therapy may include focusing on developing “tools” to help manage emotions and thoughts, support in healing from past experiences, or assistance developing healthy behavioral patterns. I believe compassion and acceptance is critical to the change process, and I would be honored to join you in finding your own path related to change.

Background and Education: 

Dr. Nicholas Debernardi received his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He completed his doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship in the Chicago area before relocating to West Michigan. Dr. Debernardi has experience providing psychotherapy in a variety of settings including community agencies, hospitals, and universities. He also currently works at Grand Valley State University where he enjoys providing supervision/training, teaching, and providing psychotherapy. Dr. Debernardi’s main clinical areas of interest include interpersonal concerns, anxiety, depression, identity/multicultural concerns, trauma, and problematic internet use.

If you have further questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call (616) 457-0016, extension 0.

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