You may be reading this page to get answers to some very important questions:
Who is Bethany? Can she help me?
Does she know what she’s doing?
Here’s a story that I hope will address some of those concerns:
College was my first glimpse into a society outside of the community I grew up in. Through that experience, I got a deeper look at the injustices of our society, the untold stories and the pain many people secretly experienced. I realized I wanted to pursue a career that would allow me to help and connect with others. So I began my path towards becoming a licensed therapist.
I spent a lot of time, while in college and after college, looking for jobs; after all, before I could save the world I needed to find a way to pay my bills!
It was during that time that I learned the first of many humbling life lessons: obtaining degrees, submitting resumes, writing cover letters, going on countless job interviews and essentially doing things “right” didn’t necessarily mean that I would land the perfect career or suddenly live the fulfilling life that I dreamed of.
Eventually, I found work…on college campuses and in high schools, along with agency and community-based jobs. I was content because I had an impressive title, and based on my employers’ expectation, I was doing a great job. I learned a lot and gained valuable experience. However, in each position, I was limited by rigid policies and overwhelmed with numbers-driven guidelines. Most state-funded counseling agencies were stifled by budgets or simply led by profit.
There was a façade of a service-driven mission, but in reality, there was limited compassion. Little impact was made on the majority of clients served.
I repeatedly found myself frustrated and uncomfortable. Before I knew it, my professional life had become an unsettling mix of searching for the jobs I thought I needed while working at jobs that I grew to despise.
I was forced, through my discomfort, to begin a vital journey of self-discovery. I was reminded of my initial passions and the times that I was most happy – the limited moments when I had the opportunity to really get to know my clients and personally walk with them on their journey.
I was honest with myself about what I was good at and the populations I worked best with. I took inventory of my talents and honed my skills.
I finally understood that years of feeling uncomfortable in my work was the best thing that could have happened to me. I grew to be grateful for the disconnected bosses and overwhelming caseloads. It was those very experiences that brought on the motivation to undergo a transformation, invest in myself and offer services that could really impact lives.
I made the intentional decision to step into a place where my efforts to reach people in need could never be stifled. I’ve learned a lot along my journey, not only through education but through personal failures, some epic, and personal successes.
My purpose here is to serve women and couples and to help them address and unleash the things that may be hindering them or causing their unhappiness.
I am not a couch potato therapist. I’m an intense listener…passionate, present, interactive and engaged.
Your sessions with me will be ones of thought-provoking reflection and self-discovery. We will dig into the nuts and bolts of your uniqueness, your creativity, and your personal super powers.
We will discover and outline goals for your personal life and relationships, and in each session, define ways to reach them.