About Nick

 
My interest in working with people began when I was a psychology and philosophy student at Cornell College. I developed a focus on cognitive psychology, and performed my first internship at Tanager Place, a residential treatment center for at-risk youth.


In the fall of 2002 I started a Masters program in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology at Naropa University. I also began volunteering at The Shared Parenting Program, supervising visits for families of high-conflict divorce. My volunteer work became a clinical internship when I was accepted to be a part of the family counseling team at Access Counseling. I did family therapy, couples counseling, individual psychotherapy, and play therapy.


I started Family Balance Solutions LLC in the spring of 2005. Drawing on 2.5 years of experience doing supervised and therapeutic visitation, I filled the need for a community-based supervised visitation service. Family Balance Solutions now provides supervised visits and exchanges in people’s homes, and in public.


In my career, I have supervised over 2,000 visits, and over 1,500 exchanges. I apply my training in psychotherapy and mediation to facilitate communication between divorced parents, and promote bonding with their children.


Please see my full resume below for more details of my training, education and professional background.




Nicholas Adam Berger, M.A.

Nick@Familybalance.net

     (303) 956-7066


Education


M.A., Transpersonal Counseling Psychology. Naropa University, Boulder, CO. May 2005.


B.A., Psychology and Philosophy, Cornell College, Mount Vernon, IA. May 2001.


Employment and Volunteer Experience


Private Psychotherapist/Mediator/CFI/Parenting Time Supervisor, Family Balance Solutions; Boulder, CO, May 2005 – present

•     Provide psychotherapy to individuals, couples, families, and children.

•     Mediate disputes between couples, family members, and divorced parents.

Provide therapeutic and supervised visitation for divorced parents and their children.

Investigate and make recommendations for the court regarding parenting time, relocation, and decision-making authority of divorced parents.


Senior Staff Member, Shared Parenting Program, Access Counseling; Boulder, CO, Sept. 2006 – Oct. 2009.

Supervise and train volunteer and student staff.

Provide clinical interventions to improve parent-child and ex-spouse relationships.

Interview and assess parents of high conflict divorce.

Assess and improve children’s ability to cope with the stress of parental conflict.


Psychiatric Mental Health Worker, Boulder Community Hospital; Boulder, CO, April 2005 – September 2007.

Led therapy groups for the treatment of severe mental illness.

Counseled patients in emotional crises.

Charted patients’ progress.


Intern Family Therapist, Access Counseling; Boulder, CO, May 2004 – May 2005.

Provided psychotherapy for individuals, couples, families and children.


Crisis Counselor, Emergency Psychiatric Services, Boulder County Mental Health Center; Boulder, CO, Oct. 2002 – June 2003; Jan. 2004 – May 2004.

Provided crisis counseling by telephone.

Performed psychological evaluations for psychiatric hospitalization.


Professional Training


EMDR Psychotherapy Training, Barbara Maiberger, Boulder, CO. September 2009.


40-Hour Child and Family Investigator Training, Colorado Bar Association; Denver, CO. June 2008.


Advanced Solution-Focused Family Therapy Seminar, Claudia Murphy, M.A., Dipl.Psych, LPC, & Susie Ryder, LCSW; Boulder, CO. November 2008.


40-Hour Divorce & Child Custody Mediation Training, Institute for Advanced Dispute Resolution; Boulder, CO. March 2005.


40-Hour Core Mediation Skills Training, Institute for Advanced Dispute Resolution; Boulder, CO. January 2005.


30-Hour Training: Developmental Issues in Play Therapy, Naropa University; Boulder, CO. January 2005.


Love and Logic Parent Training Course, Access Counseling; Boulder, CO. August 2004.


Professional Organization Memberships


American Counseling Association, September 2008 – Present.


Boulder Interdisciplinary Committee on Child Custody, September 2004 – Present.


Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR), March 2005 – present.



Volunteer and Philanthropic Experience


Volunteer Mediator, Jefferson County Mediation Services; Golden, CO, March 2009 - Present.

•    Mediate divorce and custody matters, such as: dissolution of marriage, parenting time, child support, and visitation schedules.


Volunteer Therapist, Access Counseling; Boulder, CO, June 2009-Oct. 2009.

•     Provided psychotherapy to low-income individuals, couples, families, and children.


Volunteer Parenting Time Supervisor / Administrative Assistant, Shared Parenting Program,  Access Counseling; Boulder, CO. October 2002-present.

Supervised parenting time visits and exchanges for families of high-conflict divorce; trained and managed other volunteers; performed administrative tasks


Sponsor: Access Counseling Fundraiser, Access Counseling; Boulder, CO. June 2008.

Donated event space, food, and services at the Millennium Hotel in Boulder, CO to host the preliminary event of a fundraising campaign to expand awareness and services of low-cost, community-based counseling services.


Secretary of Board of Directors, Shady Creek Homeowners Association; Boulder, CO,

January 2007 – June 2009.


Program Coordinator, Shambhala Training, Shambhala Meditation Center; Boulder, CO, May 2005 – May 2008.