My interest in psychology dates back to my high school years (1980’s anyone?), leading me to become a Doctor of Clinical Psychology in 1992 and a Licensed Psychologist in the state of Maryland in 1993. While the field of mental health has experienced a mix of challenges and exciting advances over the past 25 years, establishing a collaborative relationship and building upon an individual’s strengths have always been mainstays of my approach to working with clients. Specific to theoretical orientation, I draw upon cognitive behavioral techniques, mindfulness, and Positive Psychology approaches.
Areas of clinical interest for me include the influence of physical health upon mental well-being and counseling approaches that leverage the understanding of neurology and brain function in choosing therapeutic techniques. I have specialty training in anxiety and stress management, depression, and coping with the impact of attention deficit disorders (ADHD). Additionally, I have significant experience working with individuals with blindness or a visual impairment and parents of children with special needs.
Thanks for your time and please reach out if you believe working with me would be a good fit.
Additional areas of focus: Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Sleeping disorders, Anger management, Self esteem, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), Emptiness, Gender Dysphoria, Impulsivity, Intellectual Disability, Isolation / Loneliness, Life Purpose, Multicultural Concerns, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Phobias, Post-traumatic Stress, Prejudice and Discrimination, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Traumatic Brain Injury, Visually Impaired
Clinical approaches: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Existential Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems
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Dr. Bethea has been such an amazing added part to my life and journey. She’s been very helpful with me processing the emotions and behaviors I experience.
She’s attentive, resourceful, and encouraging.
Written on Jul 19, 2023 after therapy with Allison for 9 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, self esteem, compassion fatigue, and adhd
Written on Jun 07, 2023 after therapy with Allison for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, career difficulties, and adhd
Dr. Bethea has been nothing but very helpful and caring towards me! I first started BetterHelp about a few weeks ago and she has provided me with many wonderful and useful resources for my anxiety. I am so grateful to have her as a therapist
Written on May 08, 2023 after therapy with Allison for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, anger management, and adhd
Very Cordial and Awesome Person! Really helped manage my anxiety
Written on Feb 01, 2023 after therapy with Allison for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and intimacy-related issues
Dr. Bethea was absolutely wonderful to work with. I have worked with numerous therapists, and she helped me make the most progress by far
Written on Jan 20, 2023 after therapy with Allison for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and coaching
I was completely new to the idea of receiving therapy due to anxiety and panic attacks I had been suffering from. The first therapist I was put in contact with (not Dr. Bethea) was not productive and left me feeling a bit helpless. After Betterhelp support let me know that we could switch the therapist, in came Dr. Bethea and it could not have been a more night and day shift. She was professional, polite, an excellent listener and ready to give pertinent advice to address my specific situation. I would recommend Dr. Bethea to anybody that's having anxiety issues.
Written on Oct 27, 2022 after therapy with Allison for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, sleeping disorders, and coping with life changes