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Troubling Statistics on Teen Mental Health

American Teens Are Struggling with Mental Health Issues in Alarming Numbers Adolescents today have a reputation for being more fragile, less resilient and more overwhelmed than their parents were when they were growing up. Parents, teachers and mental health experts are searching for the reasons and have come up with a few possible factors that […]

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Teens Respond to Authentic Respectful Therapists

Teenagers usually get sent to therapy by parents, schools or courts for acting out in school, violent behavior, depression or sudden changes in demeanor that cause concern. Since they didn’t initiate the therapy, teens often resist. Worn-out or ineffective methods for dealing with teens in therapy make the situation more difficult. “We already know some […]

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Beth Potter

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Beth Potter, LICSW

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Works with:
Adults

Therapy Approach:
Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Psychodynamic, Trauma Focused, Motivational Interviewing, Solutions Focused (SFBT)

Specialties:
anxiety and mood disorders, depression, self-esteem, coping skills, family conflict, relationship issues

Get to Know:
I am trained and effective in providing individual, family, and group therapy to children, adolescents, and adults. As a therapist, my main objective is to listen and gain the best possible understanding of the thoughts and feelings of my clients. Based on this information, I continually give my assistance in defining and redefining treatment goals that will lead them to a more fulfilling life. My approach is varied to best serve the needs of my clients and may include components of cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, motivational interviewing, and solution focused therapy.

The majority of my experience is in the treatment of adolescents and young adults suffering from depression and anxiety, oftentimes due to experiences of trauma, including abuse and neglect. I encourage family therapy with this client population, when feasible, in conjunction with individual therapy given that that it is often an invaluable part of the treatment. Due to emotional, social, and behavioral problems, such as self-harm, eating issues, substance abuse, running away, and aggression, many of my clients attended therapeutic schools, had multiple psychiatric hospitalizations, and spent months living at residential treatment programs.

I believe taking part in therapy is courageous and shows a willingness to grow and make positive change. I am continually impressed by the resilience of all my clients and consider providing therapy an honor.

I specialize in the treatment of young adults, which usually means college age and young professionals, struggling with depression and anxiety (more specifically anticipation anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks) and issues related to self-esteem, body image, eating issues, self harm, emotion regulation, relationships, transitions, and trauma. My therapy approach depends, of course, on the presenting problem and the goals of the client, but can be psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, solution focused, motivational interviewing, or within a trauma framework.

Professional Training:

  • University of New Hampshire, Bachelor of Arts, Psychology
  • Boston University, Master of Social Work

For more information, please contact me at 617-738-1480 or beth@bostoneveningtherapy.com.

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