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Bethany Thomas, LICSW

Stress, Anxiety LGBTQ+ Trauma, Abuse Parenting issues Depression
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About me

We are in unprecedented times in our lives. We might feel stuck and that traditional ways we have used to relieve stress are no longer working. You might feel you need a place you feel like you are understood. My approach to therapy is in developing true connection as well as holding a non-judgmental space for all I work with. I aim to help those who feel stuck or lost begin the process of healing and self-discovery. I know that sometimes life is messy and can make us feel crazy, abnormal or damaged. I want everyone I work with to realize their true worth and that they are beautiful and resilient humans.

I hold a masters degree in Social Work from the University of North Dakota. I have spent my career providing therapy services in homes, school settings as well as traditional office therapy. I have also worked in the child welfare system. I have many years of experience working with individuals and their families.

I work well with people who seek relationships, connection and a touch of humor in therapy. I very much believe that the client and therapist relationship is important and value a client centered and relational approach. I enjoy working with those in the LGBTQ+ communities, those who have been adopted, highly sensitive individuals and really anyone who is working on issues of identity and finding oneself. I consider myself sex positive and welcome anyone into therapy with me. I also enjoy working with anyone experiencing anxiety or depression.

I use a trauma informed approach in my work. I use somatic approaches to treat trauma and truly believe in a mind and body connection. I refer often to AIR Network. I also use approaches of polyvagal theory, cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness in treatment. I provide clients with a safe environment to engage, process and work to explore concerns and find their true authentic self.

In my free time, I enjoys spending time with my family as well as cooking, taking walks and I have a small obsession with podcasts and coloring my hair.

Professional experience

10yrs in practice
Stress, Anxiety LGBTQ+ Trauma, Abuse Parenting issues Depression

Additional areas of focus: Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Adoption and Foster Care, Attachment Issues, BDSM, Kink, Alternative Sex Culture, Control Issues, Dissociation, Domestic Violence, Family of Origin Issues, Gender Dysphoria, Impulsivity, Life Purpose, Mood Disorders, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Personality Disorders, Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexuality, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Somatization, Women's Issues, Young Adult Issues

Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Mindfulness Therapy, Somatic Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems

Services offered

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License information

MN LICSW 22419

Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Bethany Thomas. 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.

I have found Bethany to not only have my best interests in mind but also how I can manifest and embody other aspects of my life that may be mismanaged. As that is apart of her occupation, she is still able to do it in a way that allows me to fully express my side of the issue at hand while providing ample support and opportunities to tackle it in various ways. It has already been a very pleasant experience with Bethany and I could definitely not only see me continuing therapy with her but to also recommend that others can start with her. They will definitely be in good hands.

Written on May 31, 2021 after therapy with Bethany for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and adhd

Bethany is someone that you can tell your deepest secrets to and expect nothing less than
understanding and compassion. She has a way of helping you see another perspective that helps work through issues.

Written on May 22, 2021 after therapy with Bethany for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, and self esteem

Bethany is a wonderful counselor and I would highly recommend her. She is warm and compassionate and I found it very easy to open up to her. Bethany is knowledgeable and provides great insight that helped me work through many issues. I hope to work with her again in the future.

Written on May 01, 2021 after therapy with Bethany for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and compassion fatigue

Bethany has really helped me sort through a tough time in my life. She understands and makes me feel like my concerns are valid. She make me feel as though I am normal.

Written on Mar 23, 2021 after therapy with Bethany for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, parenting issues, and coping with life changes

Bethany is amazing. She is very compassionate and understanding. She has no judgement towards any situation and offers great advice to cope with anxiety.

Written on Jan 27, 2021 after therapy with Bethany for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, and adhd

Bethany has been kind and helpful. She responds most times of the day in the chat room. I have had only one session but she was very kind and very responsive. Not pushy but also motivated and curious about what I was looking for and what I wanted to get out of therapy.

Written on Dec 19, 2020 after therapy with Bethany for 2 weeks on issues concerning self esteem, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue