Maggie Berg, LMFT-IT
Hi, my name is Maggie! Before I get into my experience and passions around clinical work, I wanted to give an inside look at who I am. I am a Wisconsin girl through n’ through. My passion shows in all things starting from when I was younger, creating PowerPoint slides that I would present to my parents in order to prove why I must have a dog, to dreaming big and imagining my life as a college graduate. My life, just like many others, has pulled me left and right. I have had moments of feeling defeat and moments of feeling empowered and stronger than ever. Through any hardships that come with life, I have carried the passion to care for others and lift people up when they need it the most.
I received my bachelor’s degree in 2019 specializing in Human Development and Family Studies with concentration in pre-counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. During this time I worked towards an internship at an organization called Early Head Start. I was a home educator empowering parents to interact with children in developmentally-appropriate ways, along with working in diverse populations. I have completed my graduate degree from Edgewood College: a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy, and I am working towards my full licensure in the state of Wisconsin.
MY CLINICAL WORK
Starting in Spring 2020, I had the privilege of interning at EVOLVEwithin where I had the opportunity to partake in co-therapy experiences, observations (where I got to see my colleagues implement different assessments and interventions), and simultaneously maintained a caseload of my own. I also held a position at Rogers Behavioral Health hospital for a couple of years working with residents across all the units ranging from trauma care, to obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and anxiety, to depression. My fieldwork has given me the opportunity to embrace all kinds of situations that have given me the chance to show my knowledge of therapeutic modalities. During the summers of 2016 through 2018 I was a summertime Nanny working with multiple age groups. Through my time as a Nanny, I learned about who I am and how to help kids create a voice for themselves; all skills I take into my current profession as a therapist.
Through my internship experience at EVOLVEwithin I have developed a particular interest in long distance relationships (couples and families), stress management, and anxiety disorders with a focus in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Taking a collaborative, solution focused, and narrative approach in my therapy work will honor my clients' reality yet dig deep into important life decisions. As a therapist, it is important to me that my clients feel safe, heard, and understood. Stephen R. Covey says, “[M]ost people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” I love this quote as it reminds me to listen with my whole heart and respond wholesomely to my clients’ needs.
I am excited for you to start the process of therapy and hope to be the safe space that you are looking for. Healing can take time, learning healthy coping skills can take practice, and building up one’s self-worth can take reflection on one’s personal self-love… this is your journey; embrace it and know I will meet you where you are at!
Clinical Supervisor: Shelly Smith, LMFT