Beth grew up exploring the mountain trails and waterfalls woven throughout the Appalachian regions of Tennessee and North Carolina. She has continued to find solace and joy in the outdoors since. Feeling most at home in the mountains, she finds Mother Nature to be one of the greatest healers and sources of inspiration. Having personally experienced the healing ability of nature, as well as mindfulness, meditation, yoga, and creative expression, Beth knew that offering holistic therapeutic modalities to others was the path that she wanted to walk as her life’s purpose.
After earning a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Psychology at Tennessee Tech University and a certificate in Worldview, Leadership, and Marriage/Family studies at the former Focus on the Family Institute in Colorado Springs, Beth pursued a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. As part of her program, she completed a certificate in Expressive Arts Therapy, with a special focus in nature-based therapies, and a concentration in Body-Centered Therapy. Simultaneously, she completed a 9-month yoga teacher training and is a Yoga Alliance-approved Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200). She is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), a Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate (LPCC) in Colorado, and an Associate Clinical Mental Health Counselor (ACMHC) in Utah.
Beth’s therapeutic orientation is trauma, attachment, and somatic-informed, with a family systems lens. She believes that Mother Nature completes the triad of the therapeutic relationship between the therapist and client, allowing for safe, supportive, and non-threatening opportunities for the mind-body-spirit connection. Viewing therapy in this way allows us to find a sense of humility, gratitude, responsibility, and purpose for our own existence, as well as the role in which we play within the “web of life.” Experiencing ourselves as a part of this larger system firsthand, we can then begin to translate that to family, school, work, and other organizational systems in our lives.
With this in mind, Beth’s goal within therapy is to provide a balance of challenge and support for the whole family to heal, grow, and become more unified. She is excited and grateful for the opportunity to offer this through her work at Open Sky.
Beth has experience working with children, adolescents, young adults, adults, and families in community mental health, school-based, university, and intensive residential recovery settings. She has supported clients facing anxiety, depression, grief, domestic/sexual abuse, foster/adoption issues, disordered eating, substance use/addition, self-harm, suicidality, and trauma recovery.
Beth is trained in evidenced-based, complimentary and alternative modalities that support traditional talk therapy, such as Somatic and Attachment Focused (SAFE) Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Emotionally-Focused Therapy for individuals and families, Trauma-Informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Koru Mindfulness, and Trauma-Sensitive Yoga.
In her spare time, she can be found practicing yoga, throwing clay, learning new crafts, cooking, hiking, learning to ski, and spending time with her husband exploring their home in the Southwest. They recently backpacked the Tour du Mont Blanc through the French, Italian, and Swiss Alps and she’s looking forward to their next backpacking adventure.