Jerri Werksman, LCSW


ife comes at you with all sorts of challenges — both predictable and unpredictable. Navigating these challenges can feel debilitating, overwhelming and stressful. They can make it hard to concentrate while working, hard to connect with your friends and family, hard to do the things you know are good for you and deep down you want to accomplish.

And the worst part is, you probably feel like you’re navigating through them alone. Often you can’t talk to anyone about what’s going on and how you feel. Or if you do try to talk to someone it feels like they don’t understand. The thought of reaching out just makes you feel more isolated.

As a therapist in Beverly Hills, CA, I understand how hard it is to deal with your challenges. I’m here to help you – to figure out what’s going on so you can start to feel better. I’m here to make sure you’re not in this alone.

Therapy with Me

For me, the most important part of therapy is a strong and positive therapeutic relationship. You might be ready to deep dive right into what’s going on for you, or you might only be ready to dip your toe in. Whether head first or toe first, I will be there with you – listening, asking questions and helping you gain insight into yourself and your feelings.

Together, we will work through your feelings surrounding your struggles and how those feelings impact your day-to-day life and relationships with others.

I’ll provide you the space you need to express your concerns and feel supported through this time, while brainstorming different techniques and ideas for how best to reconnect with yourself and those around you.

Being overwhelmed and stressed out can make the simple tasks of everyday life feel impossible and, quite honestly, meaningless. But, they’re important. You are still important. Those simple tasks – exercising, sleeping, and connecting with friends and family – are still a key part of your existence. We will figure out how to get you doing them again, becoming more active and re-engaged in your life.


Experiencing grief and loss can be unbearable. Loss comes in many different forms, some more obvious than others. Divorce, death of a loved one, illness, infertility, transitioning to college or moving away are all different types of loss that can cause lots of painful emotions. Sadness, anger, helplessness, loneliness and confusion are just a few.

These major life events can leave you feeling alone and unable to connect with others. Sometimes, the thought of talking to someone else about what you’re going through doesn’t even cross your mind because it just seems too difficult – and you’re left feeling like you won’t be understood.

That’s where I come in. You’re not alone, and I can help you.

Whether you’re trying to conceive, currently pregnant, or recently had a child, these stages in your life can be both majestic and gut-wrenching. There is so much to process, feelings, facts, the ways in which your life has changed — figuring these things out can feel like a full-time job with little support.

You may be trying to conceive and have experienced your first or second (or third!, fourth or fifth!)) miscarriage; maybe you’ve gone months and months without a BFP and feel failure, like your body isn’t functioning the way it is “supposed” to or that you expected it would. While you are going through a common experience, whether alone or with your partner, it doesn’t really feel like it. It feels very personal, as if you’re the only one to ever experience this. But you don’t have to feel lonely during this process.

You may be currently pregnant and realizing that (oh my goodness!) you’re actually having a child! Or maybe you just had a child and are starting to feel a whole bunch of sadness and difficulty bonding, and you can’t understand it. It may be bringing up some of your own feelings surrounding your relationship with your parents and the type of parenting you had as a child. Even though you were fully prepared and planned to become a parent, you are now wondering if you’re truly ready to do this. What will this change mean for you socially and professionally, as well as for your romantic relationship — will you ever have alone time again?

All these feelings are so normal and so important. But they can be really hard to piece out and to understand by yourself. Therapy with me can help you feel understood and heard; it can help you make sense of all the pain, sadness, joy, confusion and uncertainty you’re going through.

As a millennial myself, I resonate with the place in life you feel you should be. Whether that’s in a long-term relationship, an awesome brag-worthy job, or married with kids. You look around at your friends and colleagues and many of them seem to be succeeding in areas of their lives that you aren’t —and that sucks. Seeing others accomplish the things you want but don’t have brings up a lot of uncomfortable feelings and doubts. Those doubts about yourself don’t sit well. And it’s important to figure them out.

As a young adult you feel you have so much ahead of you, yet at the same time that feels overwhelming because it feels like so much riding on this next step in your life — do you go straight into a job or go to grad school? Do you have to know exactly what you want to do professionally? Does the whole course of your future depend on what you do after college? That feeling can be debilitating. You may be experiencing excessive worry or panic attacks – maybe for the first time or maybe you’ve gotten used to having them, but that doesn’t mean they feel okay. It’s important to figure out what’s underlying these physical symptoms and what you’re really feeling so you can start to make sense of it all and understand yourself, your wants and your desires better, so you can live a life that truly feels like yours.

Parents often feel overwhelmed and worried about their children – struggling to connect with, understand, and effectively set boundaries for their kids. We will talk about the ways you feel connected to your kids as well as the ways you feel you might have lost your connection to them – like there is a barrier you can’t seem to break through. This may bring up memories from your own childhood, of being a kid and being parented. We can explore the ways this might be impacting your current relationship with your kids.

Together, we will figure out what your own personal stressors and worries are outside of those you have for your kids. We will explore how your worries aren’t always their worries, and the importance of recognizing that. For instance, you might be preoccupied with how they’re going to get into college while they’re just stressed about what they’re wearing to the dance. And, this kind of disconnectedness often causes tension. I can help you bridge these gaps.

A Little About Me

I have been working with parents and teens going through grief, loss and major life transitions since receiving my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Michigan. While at Michigan, I was a Research Assistant for renowned Professor Julie Kaplow on her research studying children’s responses to having a mother diagnosed with breast cancer. During that time, I worked at Ele’s Place, a grief support center for children and teens, where I facilitated grief support groups for children in grades 6-8 and play therapy for children ages 3-13.

After graduating from the University of Michigan, I received my master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from New York University’s Silver School of Social Work. During my time at NYU, I worked with individuals and families in the Medical Intensive Care Unit at Langone Hospital providing counseling for patients and their families.

I trained at The Maple Counseling Center in Beverly Hills where I furthered my clinical skills in psychodynamic therapy before beginning private practice.

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