Bethany McCarthy, MA, LPC, ACS
MY PHILOSOPHY: Therapy is a delicate balance of acceptance and change. I use a person-centered approach to create a validating environment in which a person can open up, feel genuinely cared for, and develop a trusting therapeutic relationship. At the same time, I can help guide you through the complex process of change. I can offer skills and techniques for improving your life in the short term while the work of learning how to change your thinking takes place. I primarily practice Dialectical Behavioral Therapy(DBT), and also use techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Motivational Interviewing (MI).
EXPERIENCE: I entered the mental health field in 2002 after completing my MA in Counseling at Monmouth University. I worked with adults with chronic mental illness and substance use disorders while I completed my Post Master’s Certification in Counseling and received my Licensed Professional Counseling (LPC) credential in 2014. In addition, I have extensive training and experience in DBT having started programs in various settings working with adolescent and adult populations. I have worked in Partial Hospitalization programs, Intensive Outpatient programs, community crisis intervention, and outpatient counseling settings.
SERVICES PROVIDED: Individual, Group, Couples counseling, Clinical supervision for individuals working toward LPC licensure
AGES I WORK WITH: Adults
COMMON ISSUES ADDRESSED: I specialize in the treatment of emotion dysregulation, self-harm behavior, chronic suicidal thoughts, and Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). I also have extensive knowledge and experience with depressive disorders, bipolar disorder, substance abuse, anxiety disorders including OCD, trauma, and relationship issues.
All HBH Therapists are specialists in the treatment of mental health concerns. Other specialties include the treatment of substance use and other addictive behaviors, eating disorders, children & adolescents, relationships, personality disorders, trauma, and working with LGBTQ individuals, couples, and families. Clinical supervision for LACs and LSWs working toward licensure is also provided.