The Center for the Psychology of Women is proud to announce the newest member of its dynamic team, Dylan Berkey. Dylan brings a passion for working with women in recovery from addiction, eating disorder or trauma.
“I’m not a blank slate…at all. It just doesn’t lend itself to my personality, nor does it necessarily benefit the modern client, given the times we live in. I like the interaction, the eye contact, the observational and collaborative elements are the most powerful. I’ve always enjoyed collaboration, be it artistically or in my relationships. Granted, the dynamic between therapist and client is a very particular type of relationship, but it’s still a relationship. It’s about both people being engaged and working together.”
Working with women in recovery
“There are universal and unique experiences to recovery, and part of working with a person battling an addiction or an eating disorder is exploring both of their personal experience and their issues in a larger context. I never assume I know anyone. I may recognize an experience, but I don’t presume to understand the impressions those situations make on an individual. Because I have experience with addiction, I sometimes find I have an “in” where there often isn’t one. There is a short hand, an intrinsic understanding. But there is also a responsibility to know that just because someone is in recovery, it doesn’t mean I know their experience. That’s always very unique.”
About the Center
Center for the Psychology of Women was created by owner and therapist, Jessica LeRoy, as an engaging and therapeutic environment in Echo Park, the neighborhood she loves and calls home. Center’s therapists have rich knowledge of psychological issues, specialized expertise, incredibly diverse life experiences and the ability to help their clients tackle life’s challenges. “Our clients come here for therapy, and keep coming back for the kinship and openness they find.”
Excerpts from interview with Dylan Berkey by Laurie Wheeler
Photo by Mark LeRoy