Carmen Berry, New York Times bestselling author of 30 books, is a publishing consultant, gifted speaker, licensed minister and nationally-recognized expert on stress management and the recovery from abuse, addictions and trauma. She holds two master degrees: a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California and a master’s degree in Social Sciences from Northern Arizona University.

AUTHOR: Carmen is the author, co-author and ghost writer of over 30 books, having been published by HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Penguin, Thomas Nelson and smaller niche publishers as well. Her books have sold over a million and a half copies worldwide, and are translated into eight languages. Carmen’s books are available for review and purchase by clicking here. 

MEDIA: For the past three decades, Carmen has appeared on hundreds of television and radio shows including Oprah, Montel and local area network and cable talk and news shows. Her story has been featured in People Magazine, Newsweek and USA Today, as well as numerous newspapers and niche magazines.

STRESS MANAGEMENT TRAINING AND COACHING: In 1985, Carmen suffered serious burnout as a social worker. Her first book, When Helping You Is Hurting Me, was based in that difficult, yet life-changing experience. Since then, she has provided individual and group coaching, and has trained thousands of professional and lay persons in the art of self-care and stress management. To learn more about her services, please go to Live More, Stress Less.

SPEAKING: Carmen is an experienced, engaging speaker having presented to professional, church and community groups around the country for the past thirty years She is available to speak at your organization or event. Please click here for more information about her presentations and availability.

NON-PROFIT MANAGEMENT EXPERIENCE: In 1981, Carmen graduated from the University of Southern California with a Master degree in Social Work, beginning her career in non-profit management and child advocacy. She has served in a variety of organizations including:

  • Intercommunity Child Guidance Center/ Child Abuse Prevention Program Coordinator
  • Pacific Clinics/ Sexual Abuse Treatment Center Program Director
  • Southern California Training Center for Child Sexual Abuse Prevention and Treatment/ Assistant Director
  • Child S.H.A.R.E./ Foster care and Adoption Program Director
  • National Association for Christian Recovery/ Co-founder and Executive Director
  • Hope Partnership Nepal/ Co-founder and President of the Board of Directors


MINISTRY: From the time Carmen was a teenager, she has served in a variety of ministry roles, including youth leader at Palmdale Church of the Nazarene, therapist at the counseling center Los Angeles First Church of the Nazarene, grant writer at the Bresee Foundation and the Golden Gate Community and co-founder of the National Association for Christian Recovery. She holds a local minister’s licensed from Glendora Community Church, and is working toward ordination with the Church of the Nazarene.

PERSONAL LIFE: A single, adoptive parent, Carmen lives with her amazing daughter in Glendora, California. The adoption process in Nepal took nearly two years to complete, and after extended time in Kathmandu, Carmen co-founded Hope Partnership Nepal, a non-profit organization that focuses on poverty, gender-equality and emergency response issues.