How I Can Help...

Unseen opportunities often present themselves in the midst of crisis. However the signs are easily missed when stress, grief and heartache overwhelm your ability to cope. I offer a safe supportive environment to gain perspective on your current situation so that you can move forward with a sense of dignity, meaning and awareness. I am available for a free phone consultation. I will also make referrals to the appropriate resource if I believe that you will be better served by another specialist.

I have over ten years experience providing consultation and psychotherapy services to individuals and couples facing issues such as depression, anxiety, trauma, grief/loss, relationship difficulties and high stress occupations. I also enjoy working with clients who wish to develop interpersonal skills related to forming and maintaining relationships.

I have an office in South Berkeley close to free parking. If I am out of network for your insurance, I will gladly provide a statement for your reimbursement.

Services Offered...

At your initial appointment we will discuss your specific goals and determine a plan of action. This might include brief consultation, short-term psychotherapy or longer term therapy depending on the nature of the problem or problems you wish to address. I will make referrals to and work in tandem with trusted health professionals when appropriate.


Dr. Susanna Bernat completed her doctorate in psychology at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, California, pre-doctoral internship at the UCSF-San Francisco General Hospital Trauma Recovery Center and post-doctoral training at Kaiser Permanente in Mountain View, California.

Dr. Bernat is trained in both psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral techniques. Her clinical interests include anxiety, panic disorder, depression, issues related to forming and maintaining relationships, managing high demand/high stress careers and internet addiction/overuse.

She has experience providing psychotherapy to underserved populations including the homebound elderly, homeless patients, as well as low income children and their caregivers. She has also worked with the League of Women Voters regarding the need for increased mental health resources in Texas.

Dr. Bernat is originally from Berkeley, California but has lived on the island of Guam, Salvador-Bahia Brazil, and Brooklyn, New York. Most recently Dr. Bernat returned to the Bay Area after 6 years in private practice in Austin, Texas.

She is currently in private practice in Berkeley California where she sees adults and couples.