Working with Individuals
“Because survival is an effort, because it includes being pushed to the limits and having to “keep on keeping on,” healing should be as easy as possible. Giving up is not healing. Neither is self-judgment. But making a choice to go slowly and easily, to never force anything, to challenge yourself without pressure or judgment, are important principles in healing work.”
When working with individuals, I initially focus on what brings you to therapy. I want to understand your emotional and behavioral difficulties, as well as the goals and dreams that you have.
Our behavior patterns are our “creative adjustments” to life circumstances that we were not able to resolve with the resources we had at the time. I hope to create a safe place where we can bring curiosity and explore all the different parts of your experience and how they influence your life today. I strive to make our work collaborative and supportive and a conduit to you having increased access to your life force, authenticity, creativity and resilience.
I use a combination of mind and body therapies. These approaches address the whole person and can lead to deep and lasting healing. Our body sensations can offer important information and healing that our cognitive experiences are not able to.
My foundational models are Internal Family Systems and Trauma-Informed Stabilization Treatment. I bring in different techniques, including somatic techniques, emotional freedom techniques, movement, expressive therapies, mindfulness, self-compassion, neurobiological understanding of behavior, and practical changes, as needed and as welcomed clients.
I have worked with many individuals dealing with:
- Loss of a sense of the future, hopelessness
- Big emotional reactions to things (anger, fear, shame, dread)
- Self-critical ruminations
- Shame and feeling worthless
- Relationship challenges
- Chronic unhappiness
- Self-loathing or feeling defective
- Loss or grief
- Feeling stuck
- Making a difficult decision or making decisions, in general,
- Work/life balance
- Work difficulties
- Family conflict
- and other struggles.
Life can be hard, but it can also be satisfying.
If you’re interested to find out how self-compassionate you are, you can take this test by Kristen Neff of Self-Compassion.org here: Self Compassion Test (Test copyrighted by Kristin Neff Associate Professor of Human Development and Culture, Educational Psychology Department, University of Texas at Austin.)
You don’t have to do this alone. Make progress on your personal development goals with my help.
Take the next step and contact me. I can be reached by phone at 301-279-7779 or by email at BethLCounseling@aol.com or by using the form below.
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I'm always happy to hear from people.
If you have any questions, need more information, or would like to make an appointment, you can call me at 301-279-7779, email me at BethLCounseling@aol.com, or use the form below.
I see clients using a video-chat platform called VSee. It is free to download and easy to use. Please ask me about that option, if you are interested.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker • Over 15 years of experience • Certified Emotionally Focused Couple Therapist and Supervisor • Member of The Greater Washington Society of Clinical Social Work • Member of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy • Member of Clinical Social Work Association • Member of National Association of Social Workers
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