Betty Sue Easton, LCSW
Counseling services for midcoast Maine
Do you need to change your life? Do you want to change your life?
Please allow me the chance to help. I am a licensed clinical social worker, an experienced compassionate listener of people's stories of suffering. I help people recover from anxiety and depression, loss, bereavement and divorce, trauma and abuse. I help people resolve gender issues, improve their relationships, learn to deal with illness, cope with reactions to Covid-19 and racism, navigate life's many transitions, share their loneliness and learn to connect with others.
Within a collaborative relationship based on compassion and trust, I am a facilitator. You have the power to heal within yourself. You just need the right environment to release it. I provide that environment. I listen, and, when my clients are stuck, I guide, suggest, and encourage.
My treatment preferences are a combination of psychodynamic, client centered and feminist therapies. We are all individuals. One size does not fit all, not even each of us at all times. So let's add other therapeutic tools. Maybe meditating would help. How about learning to dance, sing or write your way to health?
I offer phone, Facetime, and email therapy in addition to face to face sessions. Sometimes people just prefer the convenience of this option. Mostly, it can be the answer for people who live far from mental health services, have transportation, mobility and/or other health issues, are agoraphobic, have severe social anxiety as well as those who travel a lot and don't want to disrupt the continuity of regular face to face sessions.
I find deep joy and satisfaction in my calling. I have worked with children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings after getting my masters in social work in 1971 from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. I have lived most of my life in Maine, largely in Belfast, where the beauty of the environment enhances my work.
I hope to be a partner in your journey of self-discovery and welcome those of you who seek me out. For those of you who don't, I wish you well, and hope you find your answers.
Keywords: Depression, loneliness, anxiety, divorce, grief, stress, relationships, illness, empathy, compassion, abuse, help, gender issues, racism, Covid-19