Dr. Bernard-Fisher has treated mental health disorders as a clinical psychologist since 2000. She received her doctoral training at Andrews University and completed a clinical psychology internship at Mercy Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. Her training also included a pre-doctoral internship and a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Notre Dame, where she functioned as staff psychologist at the University Counseling Center. Prior to joining the Pine Rest team, she served as the lead psychologist and director of psychological and counseling services at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. She is a fully licensed psychologist.
Dr. Bernard-Fisher has a strong commitment to helping individuals realize their potentials, and believes that we have all been gifted with inner strength and elements of resiliency. She offers an individualized approach to therapeutic care, utilizing a variety of therapeutic modalities in her work including Motivational Interviewing (MI), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Person Centered Psychotherapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Insight Oriented Therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy and Positive Psychology.
Dr. Bernard-Fisher is deeply invested in helping people discover their unique strengths and acquire tools that enable them to live transformed, empowered, and fulfilled lives. She works primarily with adolescents, adults and older adults, specializing in the treatment of anxiety disorders, OCD, depression and other mood disorders, as well as adjustment disorders, stress management, self-esteem, grief and loss, relationship challenges, adjustment and life transition issues, women issues, parenting challenges and career exploration. Her holistically oriented therapeutic care encompasses the intersection of mind, body and spirit, and includes considerations for forgiveness, self-compassion, and gratitude. She also enjoys group therapy as well as couples/marital therapy using the Gottman method.
Dr. Bernard-Fisher has lived in different parts of the world and appreciates meeting people where they are. Her multi-cultural background and fluency in French and Spanish have provided her with a deeper understanding of diversity issues. She appreciates outreach and consultative opportunities in areas of cultural diversity, family mental health, achievement and motivation