ABOUT DR. BETSY
Welcome to my home page!
Please, call me Betsy. I'm a relationship expert and therapist who's passionate about teaching individuals to develop healthier and more fulfilling relationships.
My psychology journey began as an undergraduate student at the University of California, Irvine, where I majored in Psychology and minored in Education.
I earned my doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Alliant University in 2010, and became licensed as a clinical psychologist in the state of California in 2013.
I worked in many different mental health settings including in-patient and partial hospitalization, out-patient substance abuse rehabilitation, and community mental health children's clinic before landing in private practice in 2015 where I discovered my passion for helping individuals improve their relationship with themselves and others.
Currently, I see private clients via telehealth, and am in the final stages of completing my first Relationship Workbook! Stay tuned ... but in the meantime, check out my Instagram account where I share tips and insights related to self-esteem and healthy relationships!
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family, long outdoor runs, learning to cook, and binging on TV shows! Some favorites are Succession, GoT, The Office, and
Curb Your Enthusiasm.
2007-2008 I completed my first internship at The Children's Collective in south Los Angeles, counseling youth that were on legal probation and identified as "at-risk" for future criminal behavior.
2008-2009 My second internship was completed at Exodus Recovery, a co-morbid mental health and substance abuse day-treatment center for adults in south Los Angeles.
2009-2010 I completed my third pre-doctoral internship at Aurora Las Encinas Hospital in Pasadena, California. Half of my time was spent at the adolescent unit providing individual and group psychotherapy to teenagers suffering from difficulties including severe depression, oppositional defiant disorder, and psychosis. The other half of my time was spent working in the partial-hospitalization unit, with adults struggling with disorders such as depression, anxiety, bipolar, and substance abuse.
2011-2014 My post-doctoral internship was completed at Enki Health and Research Systems in Rosemead, Caifornia. There, I worked with teenagers and families providing treatment using evidence based practices (discussed below), and was contracted to conduct legal evaluations of foster children and their families for the Los Angeles Child Protective Services.
I have spent time as an instructor for graduate psychology programs at Argosy University and Chicago School of Professional Psychology. In addition to psychological treatment in my private practice, I have also conducted psychological evaluations related to legal immigration cases, personal injury cases, fitness for duty evaluations, and child protection cases. Currently, I specialize in working with individuals that struggle with depression, anxiety, low self-confidence, and a huge array of relationship difficulties.
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
A short-term, evidence based treatment designed to help children and teenagers overcome psychological and emotional stress following traumatic experiences.
A short-term, evidence based treatment designed to help adult clients overcome post-traumatic stress by developing specific, effective strategies to manage emotional distress that follows traumatic experiences.
Positive Parenting Program
A short term treatment for parents struggling with their children's behavior. Equips parents with effective parenting strategies and skills that can be applied to a multitude of situations.
"I help you make sense of your childhood relationships, and teach you how to stop them from hurting your adult ones."
Want to know more about my treatment philosophy? Check out my Instagram feed to see if my words and perspectives resonate with you! @lovealways.drbetsy