About Bernie


Before entering into private practice, I earned a B.S. in Neuroscience from the College of William & Mary (Williamsburg, VA) and a Masters in Marital and Family Therapy from Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena, CA). While at Fuller, I completed practicum training at Citrus Counseling, providing individual and family therapy, as well as leading group therapy experiences for addicts, domestic violence perpetrators, and sexual offenders.

After receiving my Masters, I moved to Raleigh and began working at the Center for Psychological and Family Services. I was a member of the staff there for four years before founding Newton Psychotherapy and Consulting at the end of 2011. In order to enhance and deepen my work around sexuality, I have completed the Sexual Health Certificate Program at the University of Michigan School of Social Work (Sex Therapist & Sexuality Educator tracks). I am also credentialed as a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist through the International Institute for Trauma & Addiction Professionals, which allows me to be of greater support to those struggling with out-of-control or compulsive sexual behavior.

Having received my MSMFT from Fuller, I’m able to offer a uniquely integrated perspective for those who are interested in exploring the intersection of mental health and/or sexuality and spiritual life. While I have specific educational training in the theology and practices of the Christian tradition, I thoroughly enjoy exploring the myriad manifestations of spirituality in our world as I work with people from diverse spiritual and non-religious backgrounds.

In the early summer of 2015, I moved with my family to Washington Park, where we care for our 100-year-old house and tend to a piece of land that hasn’t yet turned into the urban farm we thought it might be.