ABOUT

PHILOSOPHY

and approach

Dr. Weiss is recognized in her field and by her clients for providing empathetic, results-driven psychotherapy and careful and comprehensive psychodiagnostic evaluations that get to the correct diagnosis the first time.   Dr. Weiss’s approach stems from her belief that optimal results come from working collaboratively with clients, families, teachers, and other treating professionals to generate treatment plans appropriately tailored to individual clients.  No two clients are alike, and no two issues are the same.  Likewise, Dr. Weiss believes that there are no shortcuts to accurate psychodiagnosis. Dr. Weiss spends several days with each client and always observes elementary school clients in classroom settings.  She takes the time necessary to investigate and understand each client’s learning styles, social and emotional factors, and academic challenges.  That’s why leading academic institutions across Los Angeles and elsewhere trust and rely on Dr. Weiss’s recommendations.  For the past 20 years, Dr. Weiss has successfully applied this approach to help clients realize their cognitive potential and overcome seemingly intractable challenges, including anxiety, perfectionism, depression, ADHD, autism, executive-functioning challenges, self-esteem issues, life transitions, and overwhelming academic stress.    

BACKGROUND

and training

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Dr. Weiss has a  Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP), a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Boston College, and a master’s degree in clinical psychology from CSPP.  She received her undergraduate degree from Boston University, where she graduated cum laude with distinction.  Dr. Weiss is also a proud graduate of the Harvard-Westlake School.  By virtue of this experience, Dr. Weiss brings a first-hand understanding to the academic pressures many of her clients face in private preparatory schools.  Dr. Weiss has worked with hundreds of students enrolled in both Los Angeles private and public schools.   

Dr. Weiss’s clinical training and experience includes providing therapy for children and families, running parenting groups for parents of teens, leading teen groups in high schools, providing individual therapy in an elementary school, providing individual therapy and community outreach at Wheaton College Counseling Center in Massachusetts, leading a teen girls group in a private practice, and a pre-doctoral internship in an inpatient psychiatric hospital where she treated children, teens, and adults.  She also conducted psychoeducational testing in a college learning resource center.  Dr. Weiss’ doctoral dissertation on relational aggression in girls was selected for presentation at the American Psychological Association’s annual convention, a rare honor given to a select few researchers.  While completing her postdoctoral training, Dr. Weiss gained extensive experience conducting psychodiagnostic evaluations of students with ADHD, autism, and other learning challenges, including so-called “twice exceptional” clients.

 

Outside of clinical practice, Dr. Weiss is active in both professional and non-profit organizations.  She served as president of the California Psychological Association of Graduate Students (CPAGS) while also serving on the Board of Directors for the California Psychological Association.  At present, Dr. Weiss serves on the Board of Directors for Builder Bees, a non-profit organization that provides programming for girls of all abilities, and on the Advisory Board of the Well Baby Center , a nonprofit parenting and counseling center.  Dr. Weiss also enjoys mentoring students at her alma mater, the Harvard-Westlake School.

 

In her free time, Dr. Weiss enjoys doing art projects with her two young children, building Legos with her daughter, knitting, playing soccer with her son, traveling with her husband, and baking.  She also enjoys spending time with her shih-tzu, Lucy, who occasionally accompanies her to the office.

 

Bianca Berzner has her masters in clinical psychology and is a Registered Associate

Marriage & Family Therapist (#AMFT118659), supervised by Dr. Dorie Weiss (#PSY22224). For many years, Bianca passionately worked as a Child Behavior Specialist for children with developmental delays and disorders both in the school and

home settings with compassion and patience. As a psychotherapist, Bianca continues to work with children, families, and individual adults in her practice through a developmental, humanistic lens. She factors in the biology, psychology, and sociology

surrounding her clients and their unique gifts and challenges. Bianca incorporates

mindfulness-based, cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, and family systems models into treatment with a strengths-based lens. With extensive training in and personal experience with the mind-body connection, Bianca shares empathy, curiosity, humor, and her light-hearted nature. Her goal is helping clients understand themselves and how to attend to their needs so that they are regulated, thinking clearly, making choices they are proud of, and feeling their best selves in relationship with others. Bianca enjoys journeying with her clients on their paths toward self-awareness, self-compassion, and joy by providing them liberating and life-changing tools. She has a background in teaching art to children, is a certified yoga instructor, and a proud alum of Los Angeles based local schools: Curtis, Crossroads, USC, and Antioch. In addition to her love of yoga and art, Bianca is passionate about traveling and cooking with her husband, spending time with her family, and cuddling her two Yorkies, Gigi & Zoey.

BIANCA BERZNER, M.A., AMFT

Registered Associate Marriage & Family Therapist (#AMFT118659)

Supervised by Dr. Dorie Weiss (#PSY22224)

213.640.9216

Bianca@drdorieweiss.com

12401 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 300

Los Angeles, CA 90025

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