President and Director
I am a licensed psychologist in the state of Georgia. I am a provider registered on the Gottman Referral Network, which means I have completed training (Level III) but am not certified in this method. I plan to complete the certification process by the end of 2020. Incorporating certification in Couples Therapy is an important part of the work I do as trauma recovery is affected by primary relationships. If the marital or intimate relationship is strong, the client has more support to engage in necessary treatment.
I specialize in the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) interventions to treat anxiety, depression, and other mental health concerns. These are often co-morbidities of trauma exposure, meaning they often co-occur when someone has been exposed to traumatic event(s). CBT is “the gold standard” in mental health treatment and has extensive research to support its effectiveness. I believe in only providing the best and most effective therapies.
I worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for several years. During my tenure I received training and certification in two of the treatments considered the most effective in reducing PTSD symptoms, Prolonged Exposure (PE) and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT). I served as a National VA PE Initiative Consultant and assisted other staff in learning, and adhering to the protocol. As a Consultant, I received training and biweekly consultation with two of the developers of Prolonged Exposure, Drs. Edna Foa and Elizabeth Hembree. During this process, I also learned from fellow PE Consultants across the country. These were invaluable experiences that further enriched my understanding of trauma and the recovery process.
I enjoy the work of trauma recovery and consider it an honor and a privilege to participate in this life-changing therapy with my clients. Trauma-focused treatment is not easy but it is meaningful work that leads to healing and a better quality of life. Distractions, substance abuse, working extensively, nor isolation will lead you to recovery; these are only forms of avoidance. Avoidance does not lead to healing! I know recovery from traumatic event(s) is possible. The opportunity to offer hope to others is what inspires me to engage in this work. I have seen it happen time and again and know this to be true.
I am also inspired to do this work by a strong family history of military and civil service. I have a son currently serving in the United States Navy and am a proud Navy Mom! My husband is a Veteran of the Air Force. Two of my brothers served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. I have a brother who retired from the Army, a niece who served in the Army, and several other family members who have served in our Nation’s Armed Forces and as first responders. I understand sacrifice and service, and the cost of these, to not only those who serve, but to their loved ones, also.
The vision for PROPS came from GOD quite honestly. The vision consisted of providing trauma-focused treatment, in an environment that nurtures the mind, body, and spirit, and includes the trauma survivor and their loved ones as well. I look forward to speaking with you about how we can meet your trauma recovery needs.
Dr. Felicia Berry-Mitchell
- Years in Practice: 10+ Years
- School: Georgia State University
- Year Graduated: 2008
- License No. and State: PSY003237 Georgia