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Clinical Psychology | Male

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Dr. Berney focus is to help his patients find happiness and success in life. Though he often utilizes cognitive-behavioral techniques, Dr. Berney will draw upon various therapeutic perspectives to meet the patient's needs. He helps patients develop healthier lifestyles to reduce stress and live a healthier life. So whether you are looking for individual cognitive-behavioral therapy, parenting skills, couples or family therapy, group therapy, nutritional support, or sport psychological coaching, Dr. Berney can help.

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Hello world. My name is Dr. Berney J Wilkinson, though you can call me Dr. Berney. I am a clinical psychologist, practicing in central Florida. I began my career in the mid 90's, working on the psychiatric floor of a local hospital while finishing my undergraduate degree in Psychology. Working as a Mental Health Associate (MHA) was interesting, as I had the opportunity to work with adolescents, geriatrics, addicts, and adults with serious mental illnesses. Although I had very little training at the time, I remember being fascinated with the effects of mental illness of people's lives. While working at the hospital and trying to finish my degree, I began working as a research assistant at the University of South Florida College of Medicine. I had the opportunity to work with world renowned researchers. I remember my first research project involved the use of nicotine as a therapeutic treatment for ADHD and Tourette's Disorder. It was doing this research that really sparked my interest in working with children and families. In 1999, I began graduate school in the USF School Psychology program. Although I left my job at the hospital, I continued to work as a graduate researcher in the USF College of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine. My interests continued to gel, and I found myself becoming more and more interested in pediatric and neuropsychology. Over the subsequent six years, I completed my doctorate, conducting research in the areas of ADHD, Tourette's Disorder, developmental delays, and pediatric psychology. In 2005, I graduated with my Ph.D. and was immediately hired as faculty in the USF College of Medicine Department of Psychiatry. Within my first year as faculty, I gained a joint appointment in the USF Department of Pediatrics. I had the opportunity to evaluate and treat infants, children, adolescents, and parents, as well as train medical students and pediatric and psychiatry residents. In 2007-2008 I completed two additional training programs, one in Forensic Psychiatry and the other in School Neuropsychology. It was a busy year, but I was finally starting to meet my professional goals. In 2008, I made the difficult decision to leave USF and began working in a private practice. Though I was worried that I would be losing two aspects of my work (teaching college and graduate students and presenting at workshops), I joined the faculty of Webster University as an Adjunct Professor and have continued to present to audiences across the country. In 2012, my first book, co-authored with Dr. Richard Marshall, was self-published. The book, entitled Handbook for Raising an Emotionally Healthy Child, is a parenting book for the modern ages, providing parents with everything that they need to know from birth through adolescence. Since then we have written an update to the Handbook (available on Amazon as a kindle e-book), as well as several other books also available on Amazon. In addition, I have been a weekly columnist for The Ledger for almost six years. In 2014, I took the next step and started my own practice - Psychological Associates of Central Florida. I stay busy and love all the work that I do. We post almost daily podcasts (The Mental Breakdown) on iTunes and YouTube to offer information and support regarding various concepts related to psychology, mental health, parenting, and healthy living. We have plans for more books as well as community workshops and conferences. There is much to do, so follow all that we do on Facebook (/PsychologicalAssociatesOfCentralFlorida).

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4.4
based on 10 total surveys (5 with reviews)
Dr. Wilkinson's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
    EXCELLENT
  • Explains condition(s) well
    EXCELLENT
  • Answers Questions
    EXCELLENT
  • Time well spent
    EXCELLENT
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
    VERY GOOD
  • Office environment
    EXCELLENT
  • Staff friendliness
    EXCELLENT
  • Average wait time
    Under 10 minutes
Patient Reviews (5)
Lakeland, FL |
Dr. Berney is fantastic! He goes out of his way to relate to my son during our visits so that my son communicates more openly about his issues. Dr. Berney's professional demeanor is soothing, and it's clear that he really cares about helping his patients. The staff is the friendliest staff I've ever encountered, as well. I highly recommend Dr. Berney if you or your child needs counseling. He has helped our family tremendously.
Lakeland, FL |
I can not say enough about Dr. Berney and everyone else at PAC! Dr. Berney is empathetic and a wonderful listener. He is completely nonjudgemental and really cares about his patients. No matter what I share with him, he has a way of making me feel better about myself. He helps me make goals for myself and works with me on meeting them. Dr. Berney always believes in me, even when I have a hard time believing in myself. I highly recommend Dr. BerneyWilkinson and the rest of the councilors at PAC!
Lakeland, FL |
Dr. Berney is the most optimistic doctor I've ever worked with. As a survivor of childhood trauma, I've always felt broken. Dr. Berney is the first therapist that doesn't treat my brokenness. He's helping me find my confidence and move forward instead of dwelling in the past.
Lakeland, FL |
It is so refreshing to have a psychologist with a great sense of humor. He listens carefully and has a great memory for details. His knowledge and experience are evident during treatment. I've enjoyed his podcasts on youtube as well. I would definitely recommend Dr. Berney to my friends and family, and in fact, I have!
Very well educated and excellent bedside manner!
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Hello world.  My name is Dr. Berney J Wilkinson, though you can call me Dr. Berney.  I am a clinical psychologist, practicing in central Florida.  I began my career in the mid 90's, working on the psychiatric floor of a local hospital while finishing my undergraduate degree in Psychology.  Working as a Mental Health Associate (MHA) was interesting, as I had the opportunity to work with adolescents, geriatrics, addicts, and adults with serious mental illnesses.  Although I had very little training at the time, I remember being fascinated with the effects of mental illness of people's lives.

While working at the hospital and trying to finish my degree, I began working as a research assistant at the University of South Florida College of Medicine.  I had the opportunity to work with world renowned researchers.  I remember my first research project involved the use of nicotine as a therapeutic treatment for ADHD and Tourette's Disorder.  It was doing this research that really sparked my interest in working with children and families.

In 1999, I began graduate school in the USF School Psychology program.  Although I left my job at the hospital, I continued to work as a graduate researcher in the USF College of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine.  My interests continued to gel, and I found myself becoming more and more interested in pediatric and neuropsychology.  Over the subsequent six years, I completed my doctorate, conducting research in the areas of ADHD, Tourette's Disorder, developmental delays, and pediatric psychology.

In 2005, I graduated with my Ph.D. and was immediately hired as faculty in the USF College of Medicine Department of Psychiatry. Within my first year as faculty, I gained a joint appointment in the USF Department of Pediatrics.  I had the opportunity to evaluate and treat infants, children, adolescents, and parents, as well as train medical students and pediatric and psychiatry residents.  In 2007-2008 I completed two additional training programs, one in Forensic Psychiatry and the other in School Neuropsychology. It was a busy year, but I was finally starting to meet my professional goals.

In 2008, I made the difficult decision to leave USF and began working in a private practice. Though I was worried that I would be losing two aspects of my work (teaching college and graduate students and presenting at workshops), I joined the faculty of Webster University as an Adjunct Professor and have continued to present to audiences across the country.

In 2012, my first book, co-authored with Dr. Richard Marshall, was self-published.  The book, entitled Handbook for Raising an Emotionally Healthy Child, is a parenting book for the modern ages, providing parents with everything that they need to know from birth through adolescence.  Since then we have written an update to the Handbook (available on Amazon as a kindle e-book), as well as several other books also available on Amazon. In addition, I have been a weekly columnist for The Ledger for almost six years.

In 2014, I took the next step and started my own practice - Psychological Associates of Central Florida. I stay busy and love all the work that I do. We post almost daily podcasts (The Mental Breakdown) on iTunes and YouTube to offer information and support regarding various concepts related to psychology, mental health, parenting, and healthy living. We have plans for more books as well as community workshops and conferences. There is much to do, so follow all that we do on Facebook (/PsychologicalAssociatesOfCentralFlorida).

Dr. Wilkinson's Care Philosophy

Dr. Berney focus is to help his patients find happiness and success in life. Though he often utilizes cognitive-behavioral techniques, Dr. Berney will draw upon various therapeutic perspectives to meet the patient's needs. He helps patients develop healthier lifestyles to reduce stress and live a healthier life. So whether you are looking for individual cognitive-behavioral therapy, parenting skills, couples or family therapy, group therapy, nutritional support, or sport psychological coaching, Dr. Berney can help.

Dr. Wilkinson says...

Dr. Berney has worked with patients and families struggling with issues related to behavioral problems, ADHD, anxiety, depression, and many other conditions for over 15 years. He has helped thousands of people who find themselves searching for answers to the challenges life has placed before them. He has worked in multiple settings, including outpatient clinics, hospitals, and residential facilities. He has specialized training in school neuropsychology, underlying his expertise in identifying learning disabilities and other brain-behavior connections. Dr. Berney has also completed training in forensic psychology, where he applies his neuropsychological expertise and clinical experience to issues related to family, dependency, personal injury, and criminal law. Dr. Berney uses an eclectic approach to therapy (including behavioral and cognitive-behavioral techniques) with the goal of providing his patients what they need to find happiness in life.

Dr. Wilkinson says...

Dr. Berney has more than 10 years' experience in the use of cognitive-behavioral therapy and behavioral therapy with patients of all ages. He has completed specialized training in school neuropsychology and forensic psychology, and is completing additional training in nutritional psychology and sport psychology. Dr. Berney has helped children, adolescents, adults, couples, parents, and families resolve conflicts and issues, and find happiness in their lives.

Dr. Wilkinson's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

  •  Specializes in Clinical Psychology
  •  No malpractice claims found
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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  • 0
    Malpractice Claims

    No malpractice history found for Florida.

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  • 0
    Sanctions

    No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

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  • 0
    Board Actions

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Conditions Treated

  • ADHD and-or ADD
  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Anxiety
  • Behavioral Disorders
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Depression
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Pediatric Behavior Disorders
  • Psychological Disorders
  • Relationship Issues
  • Stress

Education

  • Undergraduate School
    University of South Florida

    Graduated in 1998

  • Other Education
    University of South Florida

    Completed in 2005

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Specialties

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Adolescent Psychology
  • Adult Psychology
  • Behavioral Therapy
  • Child Psychology
  • Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology
  • Cognitive & Behavioral Psychology
  • Counseling
  • Exercise & Sports Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Psychology
  • School Psychology

Procedures Performed

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Couples Therapy
  • Family Psychotherapy
  • Independent Forensic Evaluation
  • Neuropsychological Testing
  • Psychoeducation