About: Beth Phillips, LCSW (She/Her/Hers)
Approach to helping
I believe that all humans already possess the qualities they need inside to be the best version of themselves. Too often, however, past traumas and current stressors can steal away pieces of your true, joyful self. As a result, you may feel anxious, depressed, and inadequate. When you feel these things, you may act in ways you don’t like, or repeat destructive patterns.
I am here to tell you that there is hope. Using a holistic, trauma-informed approach to therapy, I can help you find those lost pieces of your best self. Together, we’ll put them back together in a way that not only helps you to heal, but to grow. I can teach you ways to cope with current stress as well as understand your past story, to create the life you've always dreamed of.
With an authentic, engaging style, I’ll accompany you on your journey. I see you as the driver, while I am the passenger. My job is to help you navigate your inner landscape by providing you with constructive feedback and insights as you share your story.
The process of therapy involves peeling away layers and uncovering your core values, discovering what lights you up and feeds your soul. We’ll address the messages you were taught that relate to past trauma and work on reprocessing painful memories so that they don’t hold you back. You’ll learn to make better decisions and set appropriate boundaries for yourself. When our work is complete, you’ll have the confidence and tools to continue the journey on your own.
Experience and focus
As a clinical social worker, my focus is on working with adults who struggle with trauma, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and life transitions. I also offer support and guidance for individuals experiencing burnout in their careers.
I earned my master’s degree in social work (MSW) from SUNY Albany and also trained in a certified Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy program. In my practice, I draw from a toolbox of evidence-based treatments beyond EMDR, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), psychodynamic, Internal Family Systems, meditation, and breath work. I approach each client through a systemic lens. We will spend time understanding how your family, community, culture, and spiritual beliefs have impacted you.
I’ve practiced social work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, assisted living facilities, nursing homes, and hospices, where I worked with individuals with chronic health conditions, the elderly, and overworked health care workers.
In addition to being a clinical social worker I am also a 300-hour trained yoga teacher as well as a Reiki master. I feel all of these modalities complement each other and inform my holistic approach to each patient.
More about my story
I absolutely love the work I do here on this Earth and get tremendous joy from watching clients grow and change. However, everyone needs multiple methods of joy in their life. Spending time outdoors in all types of weather brings me great pleasure. I find solitude and food for my soul in nature. My husband and I often can be found in the Adirondack Mountains hiking, kayaking, and snowboarding.
I also love getting cozy by a crackling fire with a good book or a knitting project in my hands, my elderly cat, Stoli, snuggled in my lap. The practice of yoga is very important to me personally and I incorporate yoga and meditation into my daily life. I also consider myself a bit of a ham and don’t take myself too seriously. When you work with me, expect some deep, healing, full belly laughs from time to time!
We can help.