My approach to counseling emphasizes two things: relationships and the brain. Mental health professionals have known for a long time that the relationship an individual has with his or her counselor is the greatest predictor of success. I want to understand someone in the context of his or her story. Your story matters–even the messy parts. Secondly, I want to use brain-based interventions. Everything we do has a reason. From having snacks, doing cartwheels, processing trauma through EMDR, to “parts work”, or neurofeedback–there’s a brain reason for it.
Phase I NMT
The Neurosequential Network acknowledges that Bethany Wilson has completed NMT Training Certification through the Phase I level.
Certified in Neurofeedback
Bethany Wilson is board certified in Neurofeedback through the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance.
I believe in the power of story. The stories we believe radically shape the trajectory of our lives. Luckily, we can shape our stories. This often begins with the courage to engage in honest self-reflection. As we explore parts of ourselves we can engage our experiences and our pain in a way that leads to growth and healing. Life is about the journey, not the destination, and so let’s enjoy the journey.
To understand our experience, it is crucial to look at how our brains and bodies develop and function. My approach is rooted in current brain research that focuses on the importance of our attachment relationship and considers how physiology effects our responses to trauma. My goal is to create safe space to explore, heal, gain helpful tools, and embrace our authentic selves.
In order to begin the work towards more wholehearted living, we must first take the time to understand our story, how we have learned to relate to people through our early experiences, the coping strategies we picked up, and the vows we began to make. As we bravely begin to understand our unique journey, we can begin to engage and live differently. We can begin to heal.
Born and raised in Colorado, I have grown to love the area, the people, and the outdoors. I love the mountains, seasons, music, and nature that Colorado has to offer, but I also take every chance I can to travel and see other parts of the world. On my days off, I’ll probably be exploring Colorado, reading, listening to music, or doing some photography.
My philosophy has been developed over years of working in a variety of mental health settings from clinical and educational to personal. As I continue to work and learn, my philosophy around working with others continues to develop. I use a multicultural lens when working with others, and bring in topics of background, privilege, and race into work to look at how these things impact and influence the individual. I also look at things with the brain in mind, if someone has had a traumatic past and/or early childhood, their brain is likely impacted by this. Similarly, if someone has had a great childhood, their brain is also likely to be impacted by this. I strive to work with both the individual and their brain to help the person decrease problematic symptoms, while increasing a sense of efficacy and agency in life. Not everyone gets the same chances growing up and not everyone gets to have a perfect brain when they’re grown up. I use counseling and neurofeedback to help each individual I work with have the best chances at living their best lives. I am a strong believer that there isn’t one perfect therapy or medication for each person and strive to use an integrative approach, working mostly with neurofeedback and counseling, while coordinating with other providers to make sure that each client receives the best care possible.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate (LPCC) in the state of Colorado. I received my Masters of Arts in Multicultural Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Colorado at Denver and have a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Anthropology from Colorado State University. I am also Board Certified in Neurofeedback (BCN) and am continuously working on expanding my knowledge and expertise in these subjects. I strive to continue to better myself in the fields of counseling and neurofeedback with continuing certification, consultation, and education.
Certified in Neurofeedback
Dan Defouw is board certified in Neurofeedback through the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance.
As an Iowa native, I enjoy being active and in the outdoors with friends and family, whether skiing, snow shoeing, hiking, or trail running…anything to take advantage of living by the mountains! On off days, you’d probably find me out there, or antiquing and finding projects to do around home, I enjoy being creative and active most!
I believe that at the center of much of our human desire is to have unconditional care and positive regard, to know we are safe both physically and emotionally, no matter how messy we might believe or feel we are at times. I think one of the biggest challenges is allowing ourselves the space to embrace our ‘mess’ and finding healthy ways to accept certain parts that might feel or be out of our control, and riding through the difficulties, rather than forcefully pushing against it, shaming ourselves for it, or avoiding it. Having the support of others and knowing that there is a safe space to work through the challenges that come are important for us to move forward positively from those challenges . I believe that the therapeutic relationship is highly important in this regard, in trusting therapy as a space to identify and process through the hard things that we struggle to feel or think and being met with empathy in return.
I approach therapy with an eclectic and holistic style, to best meet the individual needs that clients have. I believe identifying contexts in the biological, psychological and social realms are important in understanding our full stories and how we have gotten to where we are, as well as are contexts for healing. I strive to help identify motivations and drives behind thoughts and behaviors, and how we can meet those needs in constructive and healthy ways. I also believe that collaboration is key to therapy–working together to support my client’s self-efficacy, and identifying natural strengths, while providing tools to equip my clients as well. I know that sometimes taking these steps can be incredibly vulnerable and challenging, and I am greatly honored to be entrusted as a part of a client’s journey.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). I initially got my Bachelors of Science in Psychology with a Minor in Child, Adult, and Family Services at Iowa State University. From there, I moved to Colorado to complete my Master of Arts in Counseling at Colorado Christian University and have experience in both private practice, as well as in a community agency. I was trained more specifically in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Trust-based Relationship Interventions (TBRI) and attachment based work, as well as have been a trainer for Motivational Interviewing. As a result, I use an eclectic approach tailored to individual needs. However, I tend to maintain a consistent person-centered focus and know that my therapeutic lens is geared toward a trauma informed perspective.
As a born and raised Coloradan, I grew up not far from Restoration Hope in Littleton, but currently reside in Denver. I will always call Colorado home – I swear there is no better state. My hobbies include cooking, reading, working out, and spending time with my friends and family.
I believe that the inclusion of mental health wellness is vital to one’s overall health. I believe that while each client’s experiences, backgrounds, cultural identities, and general beings are unique, so too should be their counseling experience. Through the use of a strong, collaborative therapeutic relationship and an integrated approach, I aim to help my clients use self-reflection, goal-setting, and problem-solving to achieve their optimal mental health and highest potential. I am a firm believer that every individual possesses the ability to grow and evolve and that with the proper guidance and support within a safe and nonjudgmental environment the client can achieve self-actualization.
I am an excellent communicator and have a keen ability to build and foster relationships, brainstorm solutions, plan, and make deliberate decisions. I am drawn to the counseling profession because of my strong ability to empathize, my desire to help and advocate for others, and my positive first-hand experiences. I am passionate about my education and feel honored to further my counseling knowledge alongside my supervisors, peers, and clients.
I graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with an Occupational Therapy emphasis and Business minor in 2017. I am currently in the second year of my Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master’s program through Adams State University and will graduate in May 2023. I have a Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy certification.
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