Dr. Darin Bergen, 39, Portland, US

“Growing up I had a lot of emotions, many of them painful, and didn’t really know what to do with them. I was bullied in middle school and high school, felt very alone and struggled with depression and low self esteem.

At the same time I was struggling, I discovered psychology and became really interested in the process of changing the things I struggled with.

I ended up using some of the things I was reading about to help myself break out of my shell socially and my life started to get so much more fun and fulfilling.
While I can see now that this was a powerful motivator to push me towards becoming a psychologist, at the time I didn’t realize it. I just thought I was intellectually interested in “why people act the way they do”. While this is true, it’s only a small part of the picture.
As a naturally compassionate person and someone people often felt comfortable talking to, becoming a psychologist worked on many levels.
So I did all of the schooling and clinical training, earned my degree and license to practice, spent years working for the local VA hospital and then went into private practice a few years ago.
Now I get to spend my time helping people overcome depression and trauma, and rebuild life after a divorce/end of a serious relationship.
It’s incredibly fulfilling work and I’m so grateful to be able to help people for a living.
I have come a long, long way on my own mental health and am happy to say that despite some setbacks (notably a divorce myself) I love my life now.”


We are so excited for our segment called Meet Mental Health Professionals , where you’ll hear about their journey and how they got to where they are now.
As well as this, we will have an Instagram Stories Takeover in the week of when their story goes up, with each professional where you will be able to ASK your mental health questions and get answers from professionals and generally, find out more about them, what they do and tips/advice they have for maintaining good mental health.

Darin is doing an Instagram Story Takeover on the 17th of December  on our Instagram account, so make sure to tune into our stories that day – and if you miss it, you will be able to catch up with it in our Highlights on Instagram.


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