"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.


"Thank you both for your time and dedication.  I have been w a few therapists over the years, but none with the attitude and skills that Compassionate Beginnings presents."

Client P. 


"I wanted to let you know I quit drinking and it all stemmed from my appointment with you. While I could not continue therapy due to finances, the one session I had with you made me to really look differently at my drinking.  I just celebrated my 40th birthday without a drink!"
Client B.



Kimberley La Farge Berlin
LCSW, CSAC, MAC, SAP, CCTP


With over twenty years of experience in 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 training includes Solution-Focused therapy, Humanism, and Internal Family Systems.  I address issues relating to codependency, self-esteem, wellness, and the body-mind-spirit connection.

My integrated work focuses on breath work, meditation, yoga, nutrition, and other healthier options to living a sober life. My purpose is to teach clients who are suffering from the disease of addiction how to release their fears and begin life anew.  Above all, my goal is to help clients realize long term sobriety, and Rise in Recovery (TM).


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 their true self.


I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC) in the Commonwealth of Virginia, Master Addictions Counselor (MAC) and am certified as a Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) by the Department of Transportation (DOT).  I hold  certificates in Recovery Coaching, Mindfulness Based Psychotherapy, and in January 2018, I obtained the  Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) certification. I am certified as a 200 hour Radiant Body Yoga teacher under the tutelage of Kia MillerI 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, including a major retreat during Thanksgiving in Costa Rica.


If you wish to learn more about me, I was interviewed by Joe Polish for his Genius Recovery network.  The full discussion can be viewed here: 

https://geniusrecovery.com/kimberley/