Betcy Walter

Education and Professional Background

Betcy is expected to attain licensure as a mental health counselor in December 2016. She is currently a registered mental health counselor intern with the Florida Board and a graduate from Yorkville University with a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. She completed her undergraduate degree with a specialization in behavioral neuroscience. She has worked extensively with families, couples, and children with histories of trauma, abuse, and addiction. Betcy spent 3 years working in a high risk program focused on preventing the removal of children from the homes of parents and caregivers, who had undergone trauma. Betcy’s experience includes working with individuals who have survived physical abuse, sexual abuse, domestic violence, abandonment, neglect, addictions, adoptions, foster care, children who have undergone trauma, and parents who have difficulty with the behaviors of their children.

Adoption Competency

Betcy is a certified trainer for the adoption competency class. She conducts this training annually and as requested by agencies and/or institutions. Betcy is available to speak on the topic of trauma and its impact on children within the community. Please call or email for availability.

If you are a parent of an adopted child, you understand that this is a lifelong process. Families often need additional support at various times after placement and after the adoption is legally finalized. Families may need services as a child develops and as normal development, adjustment, and adoption-related issues arise. Betcy recognizes the importance of relational healing and the importance of the family unit in this. She utilizes current brain research, trauma informed, strength based approaches, emotionally focused family therapy, and her experience working with impacted children. Call today to set up an appointment.

Parenting

Parenting is difficult. We don’t always know what to do and how. When the typical parenting approaches don’t seem to be working, it may be time to try something new. Betcy utilizes current brain research, emotionally focused family therapy for teens, and her experience working with children to help parents that struggle with problematic behavior in one or more of their children. This approach requires a parent’s active involvement in therapy for the child. 

Couples Counseling

Betcy is trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), which is based on the science of adult attachment and bonding. EFT is being used with distressed couples, including those with partners that suffer from depression, post traumatic stress disorders, addictions, and chronic physical illness.

Betcy is trained in level 1 Gottman couples therapy. She has completed the training in Treating Affairs and Trauma with the Gottman approach. Betcy has also completed the Gottman approach to Couples and Addiction Recovery.