If you have been denied, revoked, or had your security clearance suspended you will need to have an evaluation conducted by a credentialed and licensed specialist.
Many of these adverse actions resulting in a Statement of Reasons (SOR) regarding Federal Security Clearances arise due to the use of illegal substances (marijuana, cocaine, hallucinogens, etc.) or issues related to alcohol (DUI, DWI, etc.).
Kimberley L. Berlin, LCSW, CSAC, MAC, SAP, has over 20 years experience in diagnosis and treatment of these disorders. She is a specialist in addiction medicine, certified by the Department of Hearing Appeals and the Department of Homeland Security as a evaluator and clinician. She has testified in numerous federal security clearance hearings as a subject matter expert.
Ms. Berlin is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP), specializing in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) particularly as it relates to substance disorders. In addition, she is able to address concerns of sexual misconduct or illicit on-line activity.
Her private practice is focused on helping clients to heal from alcohol and substance use disorders by addressing the root causes of addiction. In addition, she specializes in therapeutic approaches to anxiety and depression.
Your Security Clearance Evaluation begins with the first phone call, email, text or fax. A thorough review of the SOR, and any supporting documentation is conducted, and if necessary, consultation with your attorney will occur.
Your evaluation process is protected by HIPPA, and includes standardized, professional questionnaires and processes. If retained via counsel, other special privileges such as the attorney client privileges communication doctrine may be accorded you.
Our report, known as the Letter of Determination, (LOD) is produced and sent directly to your attorney. Consisting of a four to five page detailed analysis of the veracity of facts outlined in the SOR, it includes a diagnosis and recommendation, if any.
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