Betty McCarty, MS, LPC (17662)
We all have the ability to heal from the trauma life brings our way and move toward a wholeness in body, mind and spirit. Only you have the power to take that step toward healing, and my job is to facilitate that process. I believe all people have the right to live with dignity and respect, so I strive to set a therapeutic environment that is person-centered, non-judgmental and supportive of a person’s efforts to grow and change.
The therapeutic approaches I use to promote lasting change for clients are primarily CBT, Transpersonal hypnotherapy, and EMDR. CBT maintains that our thoughts influence our feelings and our feelings influence our behaviors. We can move toward
healthier patterns by disrupting this process. Sometimes the thoughts that drive our feelings or behaviors are not always conscious or clear, however, and require deeper work. I prefer EMDR as the method for bringing these thoughts to our attention. This approach allows us to make the needed changes that are within our control and let go of the things we cannot control.
Counseling is a second career for me. When my last child left home for college, it was important for me to help people and perhaps make a difference in their lives. I’ve found counseling a rewarding way to accomplish this. I look forward to assisting you on your healing journey.
LICENSE, EDUCATION, and EXPERIENCE
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master of Science degree in Community Counseling from Texas A&M University - Commerce. I am an Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) certified therapist trained by a certified Francine Shapiro trainer. I take an eclectic approach to therapy with training as a cognitive behavioral therapist and a transpersonal hypnotherapist.
I have over 20 years of experience in working in a variety of environments including inpatient and outpatient settings with a variety of populations. I have experience working with a variety of disorders including trauma/abuse (childhood & adult), anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress, personality disorders, substance abuse/addictive behaviors, chronic illness, phobias, anger, dissociation, grief/loss, obsessive compulsive behaviors, chronic pain, self-harming behaviors, and intellectual disability.
In my spare time I enjoy walks, being in nature, reading, movies, travel and spending time with family and pets.
In addition to specializing in the treatment of anxiety-related disorders,
I have a special interest in treating clients with the below issues.
Grief & Bereavement