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Dr. Allison Bethea, Psychologist

Stress, Anxiety LGBT Parenting issues Depression ADHD
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About me

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.

Professional experience

20yrs in practice

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

License information

MD Psychologist 03036

Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Dr. Allison Bethea. We don’t pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

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

So far it has been a very good experience

Written on Oct 30, 2022 after therapy with Allison for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, career difficulties, and adhd

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

Dr. Bethea and I have just started working together but I feel like she is helping me down an important path. I immediately felt like she would help me find my way to a healthier life. I never expected this level of quality in an on-line service.

Written on Oct 24, 2022 after therapy with Allison for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd

For my first session it went really well. Dr. Bethea made me feel really comfortable with discussing my issues with her, it was definitely a no judgement zone. Excited for my next session with her.

Written on Oct 22, 2022 after therapy with Allison for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes,