Joel Bergman, LMHC, CAP
I have worked in the field of addiction for the past 13 years.   I am a Certified Addiction Professional and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in FL.  I received my Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling in 2011 from Springfield College in Tampa and am currently pursuing a Doctorate in Human Services Administration at NOVA Southeastern University. I am also the Clinical Manager for Big Bear Behavioral Health in Hillsborough, Sarasota, and Manatee counties. In addition to working for established agencies, I have worked with my wife in our own treatment agency for the past eight years.  Together we run our Transitional Living Program, facilitate interventions for families and friends of addicts and have provided trainings to many professionals in both New York and Florida.

Cheryl Collins-Bergman, RN, LMHC, QSMHC
I have worked in the addiction field for over 20 years. I have worked with adolescents, adults, and geriatric patients. I received my Master’s Degree in Psychology in 1993 and my RN in 1998. I am licensed in NY and FL as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Registered Nurse. I recently became a Qualified Supervisor for Registered Mental Health Interns in FL. I am currently working on my dissertation for my Doctorate in Education at NOVA Southeastern University and work as an Adjunct Professor for Springfield College's School of Human Services. Prior to that, I taught Behavioral Health and Nursing full-time for Hillsborough County School District in Adult Education for seven years. I enjoy educating families, friends, concerned community agencies, and professionals on the difficulties those affected by addiction face.




About Us


Step By Step Recovery LLC is a family run organization. Husband and wife, Joel Bergman and Cheryl Collins-Bergman, have over 30 years of combined experience treating substance abuse.