Since then, I’ve worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings, with adolescents and adults, performing crisis stabilization, group counseling, individual counseling, relationship counseling and complex family dynamics, as well.

     My approaches include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Solution Focused Therapy, Gestalt, and motivational enhancement with a foundation in Cognitive Behavior Therapy.  However it is in the individual combination and application of those theories that I find usually provide the best results.  Simply put, often an eclectic approach lends itself to individualizing your therapy, creating the best opportunity in helping you meet your needs.

I have particular experience in the following areas:

  • Anxiety

  • Depsression

  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

  • Bipolar Disorder

  • Codependency

  • Borderline Personality Disorder

  • Self Esteem Enhancement

  • Anger Management

  • Addiction Recovery

  • Couples Counseling

     I consider the opportunity to help others a privilege. This guiding principal dictates my commitment to treat people with dignity and the utmost care and concern in a collaborative, therapeutic relationship. I also believe a sense of humor is essential to emotional health, well-being and happiness. Though we may work on challenging aspects of your life, we might also share a laugh or two along the way. I look forward to the opportunity to help you.

When it comes to your happiness: If not now… when?


         With care,



James Bernard, MEd, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Your path with a purpose - find your true north

Harmony & Balance

Where is your ground? What is your horizon? What is important to you? 

I can help from here to there.

Penne Schulz, MS, LPC-S Counselor and Director at Hillside Counseling in Burleson Texas
James Bernard, MEd, LPC, Counseling in Burleson Texas

     Hi, I’m James Bernard. I have spent the last ten years helping people deal with a variety of challenges in their lives through education and counseling. My journey started in Lousiana, where I grew up. I earned my undergraduate degree from LSU in 1994. I eventually relocated to the DFW Metroplex in 1998, at which time I worked in education and eventually education administration. While rewarding, I decided that I wanted to make a difference -- in a different way.  So, I went back to graduate school and completed my Licensed Professional Counselor training and earned my Master of Counseling Education degree in 2006 from the University of North Texas.

Penne Schulz, MS, LPC-S Counselor and Director at Hillside Counseling in Burleson Texas