Stephanie Berlin ’18 grew up in Fleetwood, Pa., raised by a tight-knit family who always made an effort to spend time with each other. They attend concerts and sporting events, as well as embarking on an annual family vacation.
When Berlin's parents divorced, it shook her world. Her father suffered from alcoholism, and through seeing the effects of his illness firsthand, it became clear that counseling was her passion.
“My father never sought help for his alcoholism,” she said, “so my goal in the field has always been to provide the help and hope to others who are struggling with addiction or mental illness that my father was not fortunate enough to receive.”
The desire to help those in need pushed Berlin to pursue her dream. She enrolled at Alvernia as a Behavioral Health major and began her undergraduate internship at Caron Treatment Centers in 2016. In August 2017, the company hired her as a counselor assistant.