Dawn Belamarich Berry was born and raised in Southern NJ, and spent most of her young adulthood immersing herself in various educational and experiential environments. Upon completing two Master’s Degrees and working in various social service and treatment settings, Dawn found a permanent home within the social service fabric of South Jersey. For over a decade, Dawn has been an influential leader within the field, carrying roles such as therapist, supervisor and administrator, and she developed an unrelenting passion for working with those dealing with addiction. From working with adults in a state prison environment, to working with youth in intensive outpatient and aftercare modalities. Dawn has not only developed a concrete understanding of how addiction works, but has also developed the most important characteristic in addiction and mental health treatment; knowing how to best guide individuals on their journey to bring about positive, sustainable change.
Dawn is the Founder/CEO of Tunnel Light™ Counseling & Consultation Services, and is a genuine advocate for individuals, families and communities. Whether she is working with young people across Atlantic County implementing substance abuse/mental health prevention and treatment services, creating innovative social media movements to bolster communities across NJ, or leveraging her unique administrative skills to assist organizations with grant writing, program acquisition and leadership development, Dawn uses her knowledge, proficient networking and communication skills and outside-the-box thinking to get results. Dawn places high value on bringing about creative, collaborative change, and often spearheads initiatives that are current and innovative, encouraging individuals to rethink the way they think about addiction, grief, mental health and leadership.
“Change is one of the only things that we can be certain of in life, and I take pride in bringing new, evolving ways of thinking and providing treatment and guidance to individuals and groups. Though most people resist change, I embrace it, and encourage learning that makes the course of change less painful.”