I have almost 9 years of combined counseling experience and believe in the profession that I am licensed in which is social work. I believe in a client-centered perspective and derive my approaches from a variety of treatment modalities. Cognitive behavioral is a significant framework that I utilize but I believe that other approaches are also effective as sessions need to be tailored to the unique needs of the individual or clientele being served. I believe in true empathy, truly trying to understand my clients' perspectives and their insight into their lives. Each person I have counseled over the years and will be counseling have inherent worth, dignity and I believe in their abilities to improve in areas of self-direction and self-efficacy. Therapy is all about the client who is reading this right now, the therapist is simply a conduit to improve a person's ability to reorganize their life, to improve their internal locus of control, to help a client engage in goal-oriented behavior and be conscientious of the choices one is making in life on a regular basis. Cognitive behavioral methods consider irrational thought paradigms and help to counteract these cognitions or thoughts with more rational. self-esteem enhancing thoughts and help a person to see the connections between thoughts, feelings, and behavior. In reference to the Christian perspective of having these approaches, I believe that the Bible does talk about a person's thoughts and the impact of our thought on our lives. Romans 12:2 (NIV) says "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will." David said in Psalm 139:23 " Search me O God and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts." I believe that Christ was the epitome of empathy and that He truly cared about people and their problems, and I believe that He was able to see the potential in people, and that He cares about the suffering of people in today's world, that he understands the unique problems of present day society. Hebrews 4:15 says "For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are--yet he did not sin." I know without a shadow of a doubt that Jesus cares, I know that I am nothing without Him, that He has been my strength in life and my ultimate resource. "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." (Philippians 4:13)
- Stress, Anxiety
- Trauma and abuse
- Self esteem
- Bipolar disorder
I also have experience in Addictions, LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, ADHD
LCSW #2592-C (Expires: 2021-03-31)
LCSW #2002009971 (Expires: 2021-09-30)
Betina helped me get over a hump, and I feel better in control of my life and my relationship with God. She guides me with biblical principles, but isn’t judgmental.
Betina is a lovely person. She is absolutely fantastic about making you feel better about yourself when you feel terrible. She’s really good at giving specific compliments and highlighting good things about yourself. She’s also great at knowing when to listen and when to talk.
Betina has been a wonderful listener and is helping me through a tough time.