Cassidy Bernhardt, MSW
Pronouns: she, her, hers
Cassidy is one of two clinical social work fellows at University Counseling Services this year. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Women & Gender Studies degree at Hope College in 2018 and her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan School of Social Work in 2021. Before beginning her career in college mental health services, Cassidy worked in sexual violence prevention, education, and advocacy efforts in university settings and has experience in community engagement, student leadership development, intergroup and community dialogue facilitation, and oral history research.
Cassidy strives to utilize a collaborative, client-led, trauma-informed lens in every therapy session. Her areas of interest include trauma (including sexual, interpersonal, generational, and other forms), sexual well-being, gender and sexual identity development, relationship issues, grief and loss, family of origin concerns. Within these areas and others, Cassidy takes a somatic, holistic, and radical abolitionist approach to healing and care.
Cassidy (a self-identified enneagram 4w3) finds joy and meaning in the simple pleasures in life. She enjoys hiking and camping with her dogs and partner, making fiber art, reading fantasy books, and volunteering at local urban farms. She hopes you will take a moment to do a little dance or something that brings you joy today.