Dr. Rachael Berg-Martinez, Ph.D., PMH-C
Preferred Name: Rachael
If you are struggling to find your way and finding yourself impacted by hurt and harm from your past, I am here to help. Our past can weigh heavily on our present relationships, sense of thriving, and spirituality. You don’t have to do this alone. I am passionate about helping children and adults who come from hard places to find hope and healing, including those with PTSD, anxiety, and attachment problems and parents who themselves have come from hard places or with histories of loss who are struggling to find their way in parenting. If you have grappled with the rollercoaster of trying to conceive, infertility, IVF, miscarriage or perinatal loss, or birth trauma, or if you are a birth worker (doula, chaplain, nurse, etc.) experiencing vicarious trauma, I would be honored to walk alongside you on this journey toward healing and wholeness. I tailor my approach to each individual’s and family’s strengths and needs, spiritual beliefs and values, pulling from several evidence-based practices (which you can read about below), teaching concrete skills and focusing on reflection and relational patterns in the safety of a warm, compassionate therapeutic relationship so that you can move toward healing and enjoying your life and relationships.
Education & Experience
Dr. Rachael Berg-Martinez is a licensed clinical psychologist, certified EMDR therapist, and is a perinatal mental health certified therapist (PMH-C). She has worked and supervised in diverse settings including at a community mental health clinic, a university counseling center, and a non-profit counseling center. She is passionate about evidence-based, whole-client, and culturally-sensitive practice and supervision, taking both a practical and reflective approach. Dr. Berg-Martinez specializes in treating trauma in children and adults, including birth trauma, childhood trauma and neglect, disruptive behaviors in young children, parent-child attachment and relationship issues, spiritual trauma, and those impacted by foster care and adoption. She has been trained in the following evidenced-based practices: • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) certified, including training in attachment-based EMDR. • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), a coaching model for young children (ages 2 to 7) with trauma and/or difficult behaviors (tantrums, defiance, aggression) • The TIES Transition Model including Adoption-Specific Psychotherapy (ADAPT) She pulls from all these areas as well as expressive and creative therapies with a foundation in attachment-based and relational psychodynamic theory (which honors the impact of early relationships and experiences on a person throughout their life) when designing a treatment plan for her clients that respects their goals and needs, the scientific and theoretical literature, and the culture and values of the family. She completed her Ph.D. at Rosemead School of Psychology, her APA internship at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles with Project HEAL, the child trauma specialty program, and completed her post-doctoral fellowship with UCLA TIES for Families, a clinic that specializes in foster and adoptive children and families.
Professional & Volunteer Affiliations
Postpartum Support International (PSI)
- Birth Trauma/Pregnancy Loss
- Moral Injury
- Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Sexual Abuse
- Traumatic Incident
- Adolescents (13-17)
- Children (4-12)