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Providing mental health services in the Chattanooga area since 1999

Bethany Ware, MA


Education

Richmont Graduate University, MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, BS Human Services Management


Certifications

National Certified Counselor


Therapeutic Approach

Therapeutic models and techniques guide my work in part, but the most important guide is the person in front of me. I believe that you are the expert on yourself. Because I believe that people change in the context of relationships, I often focus on past and present relationships looking for themes and patterns that impact daily life. I frequently incorporate Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and mindfulness techniques to reduce anxiety and negative self-talk. My faith in Jesus Christ also guides and energizes my work as a counselor, and for those interested in a faith-based approach to counseling, I enjoy exploring the relationship between spiritual and mental health.


Treatment Issues

Relationship issues (friendship, marriage, parents and adult children, workplace), anxiety, depression, grief, ADHD coping skills, trauma, and addiction (substance and behavioral)


Treatment Population

Adults of all ages


My Journey

I moved to Chattanooga for college at UTC in 2002 and immediately loved this city. I met my husband at UTC and grew to love him quickly as well. We now live in the Chattanooga area with our two children. My love of learning and a desire to better understand myself and others brought me back to school at Richmont Graduate University to study mental health counseling. Through my work as a counselor, I am discovering the delight of sitting with people one-on-one and hearing and learning what they deeply value. Whether you are battling anxiety or depression or need a safe place to bring your sorrow, grief, or trauma, I genuinely desire to provide that safe place where you can feel fully accepted as you move toward health. 

  

Favorite Quote

“Being heard is so close to being loved that for the average person, they are almost indistinguishable.” -David W. Augsburger

"You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in You.” -Augustine of Hippo


Recommended Reading

The Pressure’s Off: There's a New Way to Live by Larry Crabb


The Soul of Desire: Discovering the Neuroscience of Longing, Beauty, and Community by Curt Thompson, MD