Beth specializes in adolescent and family counseling, and prefers to use Emotionally Focused Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at her private practice in San Anselmo. She holds a Master of Arts in Christian Counseling from Gateway Seminary, and is continuing her education in trauma treatment for children and adolescents.
When the pain or trauma is too hard to process, Beth uses her background in visual journalism to help her clients express what cannot be put into words. Here a youth is expressing her story through stop-motion.
I’ll have you download and complete my standard new client forms, and bring them to your initial session. The initial session usually lasts 75 minutes, and we’ll discuss your main concerns, your goals, and treatment options. Afterward we’ll meet once or twice a week for 50 minutes to work toward your healing goals.
At this time I do not bill insurance, but the fees are generally inexpensive to compensate for the inconvenience. Check with your insurance provider to see how they can accomodate your needs, and let me know if you need a receipt.
I like to begin by giving a thorough relationship assessment from Prepare & Enrich to know the strengths and improvment areas. After discussing the results in the initial session, we formulate a treatment plan tailored to fit the couple’s needs. Typically this means having sessions together using the Emotionally Focused Therapy methodology, with individual sessions as needed, and reading Created for Connection by Susan Johnson to help understand the therapeutic process.
Online session are available for some clients, but only after a rapport has been built through office sessions. This may take several visits, and when the counselor believes the client is ready it is possible to gradually transition to online sessions.
I have witnessed the greatest treatment success when parents are involved in their child’s healing journey. This is not always comfortable, because it often requires parents to operate differently or to go through a change themselves. After the initial session with the parent and child to discuss the main concerns, I conduct one-on-one sessions with the adolescent to build rapport (a younger child may need the parent nearby). Separately, I will conduct parent session to gauge the family dynamics, encourage the parents, and to advocate for the child until individual sessions can gradually work to family session. Family sessions will be a chance to practice what has been learned in a safe environment, and work-out areas where the family feels stuck.
Absolutely! I have worked successfully with non-religious clients many times.