Beth Thomas, M.S., LAPC, NCC
Areas of Expertise:
Racial, Ethnic & Cultural Identity
BIPOC Mental Health
Eating & Body Image Concerns
Initial Assessment (Intake):$200*
Individual Therapy Session: $150*
*Reduced rates available for those with financial need.
Licensed for In-Person Therapy:
No in-person sessions offered.
Licensed for Teletherapy:
Monday- Thursday from 10am-6pm
Positionality: I identify as a Queer, Mixed or Biracial (Black/White) cisgender woman.
My Background & Approach:
I am passionate about working with my clients to co-construct a space where the value of our lived experiences is honored. We will tap into our societal roots of community as we heal alongside one another. We will acknowledge existing power dynamics and work to dismantle any hierarchies standing in our way.
I have experience working with adults struggling with: anxiety, high stress, depression, self-esteem and relationship challenges. I have a passion for working with people of color and addressing issues related to identity, intersectionality, marginalization, and oppression.
My approach is challenging yet supportive and direct yet affirming. I emphasize the client’s autonomy and do my best to weave lessons of self-advocacy within oppressive systems, often by encouraging my client to provide blunt feedback on our relationship and my approach as I am not exempt from perpetuating those oppressive systems as well. I avoid holding too tightly to certain restrictive and antiquated rules of professionalism (within reason and ethical considerations) and let my personality shine through in a way that clients have often voiced appreciation for as it runs contrary to what they expected counseling to be. This means, I will bring myself into the space: my personality, lived experiences, and identities won’t be shoved in a drawer so that we can build an authentic and open relationship. I believe self-disclosure and an authentic presentation of what makes me human is a beautiful and powerful component of my work with my clients.
Theoretical & Clinical Orientation:
Humanistic and Contextual: I practice primarily with a Humanistic approach including Person-Centered and Existential theories and a Contextual approach including Ecological and Feminist-Multicultural theories. I prioritize the client’s lived experience and avoid perpetuating unnecessary hierarchies that tend to claim counselors as the expert in the room. I explore the developmental, interpersonal, and multicultural components of a client and their narrative to build a strong understanding of various contextual factors that contribute to client strengths and challenges.
Social Justice Lens: As a queer, biracial Black cisgender female, my professional and personal identity is rooted in leveraging my various identities and privileges alongside themes of resilience, community care, and social justice passed down through generations to move towards a practice of cultural affirmation and responsiveness and away from the myth of “cultural competency” traditionally fed to clinicians. I believe that all clinicians should be actively working to change the systems fueling facets of client dysfunction. I believe that you cannot truly heal in an unwell society. Unless we’re using our privileges, sources of power, access to various spaces, etc. to heal and rebuild our communities and systems, we’re simply slapping a band-aid on the problem.
Trauma-Informed: Many of our narratives are marked by various forms of trauma we’ve experienced over our lifetimes. Whether it’s physical, emotional, racial, developmental, relational, etc., I utilize psychoeducation to normalize and legitimize my clients’ experiences and rely on narrative and somatic practices to make space for the mental, emotional, and physical manifestations of trauma that may show up for my clients.
National Certified Counselor & Licensed Associate Professional Counselor (GA# APC008024)
M.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Georgia State University
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) Certified
Narrative Exposure Therapy Certification
Professional Service & Membership
American Counseling Association (ACA)
Outside of Work:
I’m constantly finding ways to spend most of my time outside with my wacky rescue pup, listening to podcasts, surfing YouTube to live vicariously through people living in vans or on sailboats, experimenting with new recipes, and finding new restaurants from where I can order takeout when those experiments go south. Most of all, I simply enjoy being in the same room as my favorite people.