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Dawn Byrne, LCPC

Stress, Anxiety Addictions Self esteem Coping with life changes Coaching
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About me

I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in Maryland with over 20 years of experience in treating mental health and addiction issues. I specialize in treating adults who present with both issues at the same time ("co-occurring" disorders). I hold two masters degrees- in Counseling and Education. I have worked in a variety of settings: corporate employee assistance programs (EAP); community psychiatry programs; out- patient addiction recovery clinics; residential psychiatric and addiction center. I have also served as a "Crisis Interventionist" in an ER setting, so I am comfortable sorting out complex problems in a rapidly changing environment.
Prior to serving as a corporate and community counselor, I was a corporate trainer, specializing in Coping Skills. So I provide psycho-educational skills to enhance individual therapy.
My style is client-centered and solution-focused. I will provide you with a safe space to help you explore, assess and develop a do-able treatment plan. The goal is to help you decide what changes you want to make to increase satisfaction with your life. My focus is on providing you with practical skills that help you with everyday issues: decision -making; self-management; emotional regulation; anger management; coping with stress and resolving relational conflicts.

Areas of Specialty:

Alcohol and drug addiction
The Disease model of Addiction
Relapse Prevention
Recovery Skills
Crisis Interventions
Risk assessments

Additional Areas of Expertise:

Self-Management Skills
Coping Skills
Setting Boundaries
Decision-making skills
Emotional IQ
Fear and Stress
Getting Unstuck

Years of Experience:
Counseling: 15+ years
Crisis Interventionist: 7 years
Corporate training: 10 years

Professional experience

20yrs in practice

Additional areas of focus: Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Anger management, Career difficulties, Depression, Compassion fatigue, Codependency, Communication Problems, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Eating and Food-Related Issues, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, First Responder Issues, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Mood Disorders, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Post-traumatic Stress, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues

Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

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

Getting connected to Dawn was so beneficial for me! I could not have imagined navigating my life changes and family dynamics without her. She helped me create, establish, and respect my own boundaries and I will never forget the impact our sessions had on me. I continue to carry so much of what I learned from Dawn with me in my every day life! I am so thankful for her expertise and helpful advice on my life.

Written on Feb 14, 2023 after therapy with Dawn for 1 year and 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, and relationship issues

Dawn has helped me make tremendous strides to improve my quality of life in the time we have seen each other. I sincerely appreciate all of the advice and thoughtful interactions I have had with her in our sessions. I feel that she has helped me become more healthy, more happy overall, and more conscious of the types of decisions I need to make to better myself. I believe that she can be a helpful resource to anyone struggling with depression and/or addiction.

Written on Feb 13, 2023 after therapy with Dawn for 1 year and 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, self esteem, anger management, and career difficulties

Dawn is very thoughtful and respectful. I feel confident I will continue to make progress with her.

Written on Jan 02, 2023 after therapy with Dawn for 4 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and coaching

Dawn is outstanding! Her ability to listen, understand and provide support is so helpful and easy.

Written on Oct 11, 2022 after therapy with Dawn for 1 year on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, family conflicts, sleeping disorders, anger management, and coaching

I have had a few therapists that didn't work out. I always felt so disconnected from them and never found much value in the sessions. Dawn was assigned to me when I started BetterHelp and I couldn't be happier. She has supported me during one of the hardest months of my life. She is genuinely caring and my conversations with her not only provide comfort but insight when addressing my feelings. She makes me feel so comfortable, never judged, and heard.

Written on Jul 12, 2022 after therapy with Dawn for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Thank you!

Written on May 12, 2022 after therapy with Dawn for 11 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, grief, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem