Melissa Bercier, PhD, LCSW

Private Practice Panel: Entrepreneurial Spirit, Small Business Savvy


[Grow Your Business] Does the thought of starting your own private practice excite you or intimidate you? If you are like most of us, it’s probably both! Creating your own business can be a rewarding experience when you have the right blend of support and business knowledge. This panel discussion will include Lindsey Adams, LCSW, EMDR Therapist, and Diana Jean-Louis, LCSW who work in various types of private practice and have built unique and fulfilling businesses according to their specific passions within social work. They will discuss their key strategies for starting, marketing, and managing a private practice. At the end of the session, the panel will answer questions submitted by audience members.

About Melissa Bercier

Melissa Bercier received her Master’s and Doctor of Philosophy Degrees in Social Work through Loyola University Chicago and her BA in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Bercier is a Certified Compassion Fatigue Specialist, certified through the Traumatology Institute, and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Illinois.

Dr. Bercier’s experience in mental health began working in community mental health centers in Chicago. Since then, her experience expanded to psychiatric in-patient treatment at Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Stone Institute of Psychiatry in Chicago, IL and Montevista Psychiatric Hospital in Las Vegas, NV. Her experience also includes out-patient psychotherapy and group therapy at Alternatives Community Mental Health Center in Anchorage, Alaska.  From 2006 to 2010 she served as the Three Rivers District Chair on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Social Workers-IL (NASW-IL).  Since 2010, Dr. Bercier has worked as an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) therapist for Perspectives, Ltd. and is currently an affiliate for them, working with various individual, family, and couples’ issues on a brief-treatment basis for those that seek treatment in the Western Suburbs, as she continues to run Couch Clarity, P.C.

Dr. Bercier’s main goal has been to destigmatize mental health enrichment and create a more positive community for all. She believes in being authentic and providing a comfortable and compassionate environment to support Couch Clarity’s clients through meaningful and positive change.

Dr. Bercier’s passion is HELPING THE HELPER and has made this a large part of her private practice.  Staying true to her passion and research, Dr. Bercier continues to expand her practice continuing to create and offer exciting opportunities for growth and change for her own staff. Couch Clarity staff are trained and supervised by Dr. Bercier allowing possibilities to run their own Couch Clarity practice. Dr. Bercier has also created Couch Clarity Franchising, Inc. for future practice growth opportunities.