Dr. Robert Berchick
Certified Cognitive Behavioral Therapist
“Dr. Berchick has fused a wealth of knowledge of cognitive and behavioral models and strategies with a highly accessible, authentically down-to-earth style of delivery. He has devoted himself to ethical, competent, and caring practice”.
— Dr. Ruth Greenberg, University of Pennsylvania Colleague
Robert J. Berchick, Ph.D., ABPP, ACT has been involved in various roles and functions in professional psychology immediately after college. He was an original staff member of the clinics started by the renowned Aaron T. Beck, founder of Cognitive Therapy at the University of Pennsylvania. In his early work at the clinics, Dr. Berchick had the opportunity to participate in early, influential research on cognitive therapy and to supervise many individuals, who have themselves became leading researchers, clinicians, and educators in this innovative form of psychotherapy. From 1982 to 1990, Dr. Berchick served as Clinical Director of Dr. A.T. Beck’s University of Pennsylvania’s Center of Cognitive Therapy.
Dr. Berchick then developed a vibrant and multifaceted private practice, which among other professional activities, included graduate and post-doctoral level teaching, research, consulting, as well as specialized clinical services e.g. hostage negotiation. He integrated Gestalt, Behavioral Activation, Mindfulness, Prolonged Exposure, Exposure and Response Prevention, Motivational Interviewing, and other empirically based approaches into his practice.
As of 2004, the scope of Dr. Berchick’s professional practice has been limited. Nevertheless, currently (2019) , in addition to his limited private practice, he maintains his appointment as Clinical Faculty of Psychology in Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine. Dr. Berchick also holds Auxiliary Health Care Provider Privileges at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Berchick is board certified in Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology (2014) and is a Founding Fellow (1999), Certified Cognitive Therapist, and Certified Trainer/Consultant of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy.