Therapist Feature: Bethany Nickerson
What initially inspired you to pursue a career as a therapist?
During my undergraduate degree I was planning on pursuing a career in medicine. I got a job at a residential treatment center for substance abuse. I loved it. I remember having many days at work where I felt like I couldn't believe I got paid to do something I enjoyed so much. What started off as a job to help me pay for school ended up changing the course of my life. I got my degree in biology and then decided to go on and get my masters degree in social work.
As a therapist, what are you most passionate about?
I really love building a therapeutic relationship with my clients and getting the chance to listen to their stories. Watching my clients make positive changes, reach their goals, and build lives they love is the most rewarding part of my job.
What are your specialities and what drew you to them?
My background is in working with survivors of trauma and the anxiety and depression that comes along with it. I also work with women who are experiencing relationship issues, pregnancy (and postpartum), and infertility.
What makes you unique as a therapist?
I am a firm believer in the power of the mind body connection and all the ways it helps people heal. I incorporate movement and breathing exercises into my sessions and also use the five senses to help my clients learn various grounding techniques.
How would you describe your therapeutic approach?
My therapeutic approach is client centered. It is very important to me that the client and I work together to address their concerns by using their expertise on their life and my clinical skills. I am certified in EMDR and also use acceptance based mindfulness exercises to support clients.
Everyone needs self-care. How do you practice self-care?
Some of my favorite ways to practice self-care are:
Spending time with loved ones...including my dog.
Getting out in nature and going for a walk or a hike.
Writing and mailing thank you notes.
Watching or listening to stand up comedy and laughing my head off.
Making lots of playlists for all different moods and listening to them
Moving my body...yoga or dancing
Going and listening to live music whether that means a concert or street musicians.
What is your favorite...
Quote: "Its a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you're ready. I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There is almost no such thing as ready. There is only now. And you may as well do it now. Generally speaking, now is as good a time as any". - Hugh Laurie
Book: This is a really hard one for me because I am a big reader...one of my favorites is The Book Thief.
Movie: Remember the Titans
TV show: Grace and Frankie
What is one thing that is important for anyone to know?
Be as kind to yourself as you are to all the people you love.