You've really helped me get my priorities straight and focus on what I want to accomplish in life.
Lao Tzu once said, “If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.” In other words, nothing changes if nothing changes. A different outcome begins with the decision to take a different path.
Change can be difficult. Sometimes it’s useful to talk to someone who can help you see and do things differently. A coach can help you gain clarity and get unstuck. A counselor can support your emotional and mental health needs. I can do both.
I'm Beth Main, a licensed professional counselor, life coach, and ADHD coach. My areas of specialization are Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD / ADD) and trauma / Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), working with adults and couples. I also help people who are stuck in negative patterns, adjusting to new situations, struggle with being a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), or have depression or anxiety. Sessions are available via video conference or phone.
On our first date, my now-husband said to me, "You're like a comfy old couch." My first reaction was, "wow, did he really just say that to a 42-year-old woman?!" But he went on to elaborate about how relaxed he felt around me, how he felt like he could open up, and how he just wanted to stay and talk a while. It's true. I seem to have that effect on people. Friends, family, clients, even strangers sometimes, feel safe sharing their stuff with me.
I guess that's a good quality for a therapist to have.
So come in, sit down, and tell me your problems. I'll help you find solutions you can get comfortable with.
Healing. Feeling better about yourself and the world. Treatment for mental health issues. Psychotherapy deals with the messy stuff in life and the emotions that go along with it. As your therapist, I will help you process feelings and develop healthier ways of looking at the world.
Sometimes talking about problems isn’t the way to solve them. Sometimes there are no words. As your Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) mental health professional, I will help you connect with your inner wisdom through connection with a horse.
Fulfillment. Balance. Reaching your potential. Life coaching tends to be more action-oriented than psychotherapy. You know where you want to go, but you’re not sure how to get there. As your coach, I will help you clear the obstacles and live your very best life.
I've been a professional life coach and ADHD coach since 2006. It didn't take long before I realized that many of my clients had emotional issues that went beyond what could be addressed in coaching. So in 2013, I decided to get a master's degree in counseling so I could offer therapy as well. Now I'm a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Pennsylvania. I maintain the Board Certified Coach (BCC) credential as well.
My approach to therapy and coaching is very solution-oriented. I don't want you to just come in and vent, I want you to make constructive changes in your life. Changes in the way you do things, feel, and think. That said, I recognize that not everyone knows what they want to change, or even what elements of their life are unhealthy. So we start where you are right now. Some of the disciplines I draw from when determining the approach to use with a client include Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Person-Centered Therapy, Choice Theory, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) / Tapping. Intuition is my guide.
Before becoming a coach, I was a successful Information Technology Project Manager / Business Analyst for a retirement services firm. I worked there for 18 years, holding progressively responsible positions and learning to overcome my own focus challenges. It was there that I first learned to listen for problems, think in terms of systems, and help people become comfortable with change.
On a personal level, I live out in the boonies with my husband, chickens, cats, horses, and miniature Australian Shepherd. My son is now away at college. I enjoy horseback riding, backpacking (the top photo on this site was taken by yours truly on the John Muir Trail), hiking, trail running, whitewater kayaking, and creating mosaic art.