Bethany Godwin

Bethany Godwin, LCMHC, PMH-C

Therapist

I have ten years of experience working with various populations and needs. Having worked for many years in a psychiatric hospital and partial hospitalization program and now outpatient, I have worked with clients at many different points on the treatment spectrum. In my current setting I have discovered a passion for working with maternal mental health needs; in addition to anxiety, depression, and grief.

 

Clients he/she works with

Adults-individuals only

 

Areas he/she works in

Depression, bipolar, anxiety, stress and grief. Specialized in maternal mental health.  

Therapeutic approaches

I take a Cognitive Behavioral approach mixed with practical skills of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Our thoughts influence emotions and behaviors and it is important to increase awareness of these thoughts and expand our viewpoints. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy offers concrete skills to apply and improve our ability to tolerate distress, regulate emotions and improve relationships and mindfulness skills.  

 

Background

I completed my Masters in Counselor Education from East Carolina University in 2010. I received my certification in Perinatal Mental Health from Postpartum Support International in 2021. I am originally from Winston Salem. I enjoy spending time on the water with my husband, son and daughter.

 

How do you manage stress in your own life? “Self care is very important to me and allows me to function better in my own life and as a therapist. Physical self care can improve calmness and is helpful in regulating emotions, some of my favorites include: massage, acupuncture and exercise-especially Crossfit and Yoga. Balancing the intensity of heavy weight lifting with meditative stretches is a perfect combo for me, this is my mindfulness practice. I also see my own therapist as well, I try to practice what I encourage others to do”.

 

What would you like clients to know before their first meeting? “I would like clients to know before their first meeting with me that I understand they are likely to feel nervous and vulnerable. For many it may be their first time visiting a therapist and they may feel unsure of what to expect, so I take time to acknowledge that and help them feel more comfortable discussing what they are hoping therapy will be like for them and how we can achieve that”.

 

How can clients get the most out of therapy? “I find that my clients get the most from therapy when they can take time in between their appointments to reflect on their session, such as the skills we discussed or feelings felt and prepare mentally for their next session.  There is no magic that occurs in just one hour alone. If therapy can have a presence in your life in some way outside the office there will be a greater reward to you as a client”.

 

Hours

Morning appts, limited early afternoon.

 

Teletherapy

Teletherapy only at this time.

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