Compassionate Beginnings

"Thank you for your help with my security clearance. It probably would have turned out differently if you hadn't met with me so quickly and wrote the report the same night."

Client P.


"I wanted to write and thank you for testifying in the case in April. We received word we won the case in part because of your testimony! Thank you very much for your help. You did a great job."

Sean Bigley, JD


"Kimberley has been a huge blessing for my journey to recovery! She is everything I have been looking for and needed! She is kind, very easy to talk to and her guidance is unmatched by any previous therapy I have ever had. I have made more progress under her care in the last 6 months than I have in my whole life. I am incredibly grateful and would highly recommend her to anyone who is looking to learn how to live a better life!"

Client J.


Kimberley La Farge Berlin, LCSW, CSAC, SAP


With over twenty years of experience in the recovery processes, I have pursued integrated solutions to addiction by engaging in proven methods of recovery. Using the 12 Step philosophy as the underpinning of my work, I engage clients in accessing the root causes and conditions of addiction, re-mapping their neural pathways, and pursuing a healthy lifestyle.  My integrated work focuses on meditation, yoga, nutrition, and other healthier options to living a sober life. My purpose is to teach clients suffering from the disease of addiction how to release fear, end despair, and begin life anew.  Above all, I wish to help clients realize long term sobriety in order to live happy and healthy lives.


As the owner of Compassionate Beginnings, LLC, I am grounded in a Buddhist tradition that asserts an innate goodness and wisdom of every being.  My goal is to help others open themselves to their inner knowing and bring themselves closer to grace. 


I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC) in the Commonwealth of Virginia, Master Addiction Counselor (MAC) and am certified as a Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) by the Department of Transportation (DOT).  I hold a certificate in Recovery Coaching and use many of the techniques in my individual practice.


I am certified as a facilitator for the Structured Family Recovery program, created by Debra Jay, and part of the national team for family recovery.


Recovery 2.0” informs a lot of my work, and I consider Tommy Rosen to be my mentor and teacher.  Tommy holds numerous retreats and workshops throughout the year, offers a free Conference on-line, and hosts a 12-Step meeting on "In The Rooms" on Tuesday evenings.


I possess Bachelor and Masters degrees in Social Work from Florida Atlantic University and Florida International University, respectively.  I attended the University of Southern California to pursue doctoral level studies in Social Work, and spent ten years in the federal government in Child Support Enforcement and Human Services Policy.  I have worked as a senior counselor in treatment hospitals, intensive outpatient programs, and as the Director of a Methadone Clinic.


Compassionate Beginnings, LLC is on Facebook and Rising Recovery is my haphazard blog.