Ian Bernard

At Pacific Beach Health, Ian offers individual counseling sessions to adults and adolescents. Since 2013, Ian has been a member of the recovery community and understands the challenges and stigma that accompany substance abuse. He struggled with addiction for many years before getting sober through the combination of a treatment program and the 12 Step Program. Ian spends much of his time surfing the Pacific Coast, which he skillfully integrates into his counseling practice at PB Health. Ian is a practicing substance use and drug counselor at Boardwalk Recovery Center. He provides counseling and case management services to men struggling with substance use disorders. Ian facilitates creative and inviting group counseling sessions that enhance the healing potential of the Boardwalk community.

Before joining Boardwalk Recovery and Pacific Beach Health, Ian spent four years working as a Substance Abuse Specialist at a county-funded, non-profit agency that served homeless individuals with persistent mental illnesses and co-occurring substance abuse. This combination of professional and lived experience helps Ian address clients’ needs in a compassionate, empathetic, and culturally competent way. He recognizes that recovery is not a “one-size-fits-all” process. Ian specializes in using a 12 Step approach, motivational interviewing, and other modalities. He helps people move past their addictions, develop coping skills to prevent relapse, and discover the intrinsic motivation within themselves to achieve long-term sobriety.

As a San Diego native, Ian enjoys many outdoor activities that Southern California offers, including hiking and surfing. Ian helps clients incorporate a healthy lifestyle into their recovery journey. Ian is passionate about his work and seeks to help others escape the clutches of addiction by learning problem-solving skills necessary to address their issues, stay sober, and improve their quality of life.