Mary Berst, Ph.D. Associate Program Director
Dr. Mary Berst, Ph.D. is the Associate Program Director for both the dual diagnosis and mental health programs at the Sovereign Health facility in Palm Desert, California. Dr. Berst earned her Ph.D. in psychology through the School for Professional Psychology at Northcentral University in Prescott Valley, Arizona. Dr. Berst’s experience includes a clinical internship at Morongo Basin Counseling and Recovery Center in Yucca Valley, California. Her doctoral thesis was focused on treating PTSD using a biologically based treatment model called the Community Resiliency Model. While studying for her licensing exam, Dr. Berst continues to focus on providing individual therapy to patients and families, psychiatric crisis intervention and resolution, and the development and implementation of group therapy program curricula. Dr. Berst has lived in the Coachella Valley since 1991 with her husband, where she enjoys spending time with her family, church community and her dog, Mason.