Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
Ph.D. Degree; June 1999; Counselor Education
Dissertation: The Relationship of Locus of Control and Imagery Ability to College Students’ Life Satisfaction.
M.S. in Education Degree; August 1991; Community Counseling; Youngstown State University
B.S. Degree; June 1989; Psychology; Youngstown State University
Betsy Bryan began her counseling experience through several internships where she gained experience in diagnostic assessment and evaluation, individual counseling, counseling children and their families, and chemical dependency counseling. In September 1993, she began working as an Intensive In-Home Therapist working with at-risk youth and their families to stabilize crisis situations and prevent out of home placements for these children. After completing the clinical hours needed, Dr. Bryan became licensed as a Professional Clinical Counselor in 2001 and began working at PsyCare as an outpatient therapist. She taught part-time at YSU in the Counseling Department in 2003 and 2004. Her professional focus for the past 12 years has been on her clinical work with children, adolescents, and adults in individual counseling.
As a mental health counselor, I work to be understanding, empathetic, and open-minded in my approach with each client. Honoring each person’s life experiences and personality style is important to me. I work in collaboration with my clients to help them re-evaluate perspectives or ways of thinking that may not serve them well, to learn coping tools they may use well into their future, and most of all to transform painful experiences into growth and strengths in their lives.
My theoretical orientation has been influenced by many theories. My approach with clients recognizes the importance of the therapeutic relationship. In my therapeutic work, I focus largely on a Cognitive-Behavioral and Psychodynamic perspective. I also recognize the importance of integrating the mind, body, and spirit for wellness and I teach relaxation techniques. Furthermore, I remain open to new techniques and approaches that demonstrate positive change for clients and that have been empirically evaluated.