About

Peter Berndt, M.D., brings a lifetime of experience, first as a family physician and now as a psychiatrist, to his current work with individuals, companies, and organizations in The Woodlands, Texas.

peterAbout Dr. Peter Berndt

Dr. Berndt was a family physician for 18 years. Dr. Berndt did all the things a family physician did in those times… everything from seeing patients in the office to house calls to delivering several hundred babies over the course of his career.

“Over the years, I saw more and more clearly how stress affected people and their health,” Dr. Berndt says. “I had an associate – another physician – who dragged me to a workshop given by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis in Chicago. At first, I was very skeptical, but became immediately impressed by what I saw being done to relieve physical illness through psychological means. These techniques and interventions seemed much more interesting than simply giving someone a pill. I began using hypnosis for conditioning for childbirth, migraine headaches, asthma, and pain syndromes, and was astonished by the results. I got more and more referrals. Eventually my practice became exclusively psychotherapy and hypnosis.”

Dr. Berndt then chose to do a psychiatric residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, which he completed in 1982.  He has been in private practice since that time in The Woodlands, Texas.

“I think that working in psychiatry is the most interesting field in medicine. To re-educate patients about more healthy behaviors and thinking patterns and to help liberate the healthy person within every patient is extremely gratifying,” Dr. Berndt says. “The process of psychotherapy is challenging and demanding, requiring a variety of skills: the ability to read a patient, empathy, verbal skills, and the ability to be supportive as well as insightful. The trust that my patients give me is the greatest gift anyone could receive.”

Psychotherapy is a teaching process that helps patients utilize their own psychological resources to produce improvement. Typically patients are seen once a week or every other week depending on their progress.

Patients describe Dr. Berndt as sincere, insightful, and experienced. They often remark that he truly cares about their well-being.

Dr. Peter Berndt’s listing on Psychology Today