Betsy is a licensed clinical social worker who has worked with adolescents, families and adults for more than 25 years. She has worked at Peachtree Psychiatric Professionals since 1998. Her experience includes individual psychotherapy as well as family systems and couples work. She is intensively trained in DBT as well as DBT-PE and DBT-PTSD, EMDR, Prolonged Exposure, and Mentalization Based Therapy for adults and adolescents.
Early in her career, Betsy worked with foster families and community mental health in the Boston area, where she focused on helping individuals gain access to needed mental health services. After moving to Atlanta, she focused more on working with adolescents and families who were navigating the transition into adolescence. She also worked with adults who had experienced trauma in their childhoods or were suffering from depression or anxiety.
The experience of watching families work through incredibly difficult periods led Betsy to a passion for working with adolescents and adults struggling with Borderline Personality Disorder and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Beginning in 2000, she began pursuing training in DBT and EMDR. When Peachtree DBT was founded in 2011, Betsy became intensively trained in DBT with our team of clinicians and went on to train in DBT-PE and DBT-PTSD. Betsy’s current work focuses on helping individuals from adolescence to adulthood learn the skills they need to achieve a life aligned with their values and passions. She has continued to work with individuals who have experienced trauma either as a child or adult and suffer from active PTSD. Betsy also supervises clinicians learning DBT as well as trauma focused therapy.
Betsy was raised in Atlanta and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Cognitive Science from Wellesley College. She received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Smith College for Social Work in Massachusetts. Betsy is currently splitting her time between Peachtree DBT and McLean Hospital in Boston where she runs the Adult DBT Outpatient Clinic. Outside of work, she enjoys time with her three boys and husband and trying to get them out hiking, doing yoga or meditation. Their dog typically is the only excited participant in these adventures.