Dr. Hillary Berens, Psy.D, LMFT - CEO
Hillary Berens is a Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D) and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) since 2001. Prior to joining the team at Avalon Malibu, she worked as Lead Psychotherapist in a Malibu treatment center setting.
Her background is in treating complex trauma and substance abuse which typically leads to depression. She is well regarded by peers for being skilled in treating couples and in family therapy. Her style is direct but kind. She has worked in the top Malibu Treatment Centers for over 17 years dealing with chronic depression and addiction, making her way towards the roles of Lead Psychotherapist at multiple locations.
Dr. Berens is exceedingly skilled at assessing the problem quickly and assisting clients to decide how to improve their interpersonal relationships. For those who are struggling with PTSD symptoms (such as anxiety), she excels at resolving the feelings attached to the trauma for symptom relief. Her specialty is anxiety and addiction, and she believes in brief solution-focused strategies for treatment.