Counselor / Therapist in Rockville, MD

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Betty Bracht, LCPC

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Is it time for a change in your life?
Are you having nightmares, or nightmarish worries? worried about your kids, and the stress keeps growing? doing the best you can, but life still doesn’t make any sense? Using EMDR, hypnosis, and/or meridian therapies, my clients and I are active partners in making change in their lives.

My clients come to me when they need to change something that’s not working, to develop self-awareness, or to better understand their own potential; and we use whatever tools are needed to make that happen. If something in your past keeps you from being successful now, then we will look at your past. If you want your future to look different, we will look at today to see where changes need to be made. If you are sad or anxious, we will look at ways to eliminate those difficulties.

My goal is to help my clients – adults and adolescents – achieve insight during difficult periods, and achieve more satisfaction from life’s pursuits. Whether two or three sessions, or several months of collaboration, our goals are understanding, balance, and well-being.

Energy Psychotherapy
Ancient Chinese medicine is based on energy meridians within our bodies, and has been used for thousands of years to create physical balance. Now we know that we can manipulate these same energy meridians for greater emotional balance as well. When we move into energy psychotherapy, we are including “techniques that involve stimulating the body at discrete locations by holding or tapping, assuming specified body postures and movements, visualization, use of affirmations, expressed intentions and assertions, and more. Many approaches to energy psychotherapy also focus on the relationship among bioenergy, consciousness, thought, intentionality, and spirituality.”(2010). Energy psychotherapy has helped many achieve rapid change when processing everyday emotions such as fear, anger, sadness,or lack of confidence.

Solution-Focused Counseling
I provide a solution-focused approach to counseling, using a variety of tools such as EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), Hypnosis, Gestalt Psychotherapy, and EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) — tools that have proven effective whether addressing anxiety, stress, or weight loss. This approach is sometimes referred to as "Brief Therapy," and limits our work to a specific need.

EMDR, or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is a powerful tool for relieving the distress of anxiety, trauma, or loss. This amazing technique allows us to rewire responses that are no longer beneficial – those responses that leave us anxious, sad, or scared. If you or a loved one has difficulty driving over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, speaking before groups, or taking a test in school, this may be the answer you’ve been looking for!

Hypnosis simply invokes a state of deep relaxation and focused attention, commonly referred to as a trance – a state you experience frequently but don’t recognize most of the time! When we are doing something repetitive, boring, or even when we are driving, we are commonly falling into trance states. With guidance that state can be used for your benefit. We can work with an underlying experience or misunderstanding that created stress or anxiety, or more problematic imbalances. And we can do that even if a deep trance has not been achieved.

Psycho-Spiritual Counseling
This simply means that we combine classic counseling with a spiritual perspective, that takes into account your beliefs, energy states, and states of awareness. You may wind up with an expanded view of the world, and can expect to achieve personal growth and a broader understanding.
I have had a wide variety of professional experiences in settings as varied as the U.S. Congress and Montgomery County Public Schools. My experience encompasses representing members of the U.S. Congress to their constituents and colleagues; teaching meditation classes for adults; and counseling adults, children, and adolescents. I have been married for more than twenty-five years, and I am a mother, stepmother, and grandmother. A Maryland resident born in Washington, D.C., I have also lived in Virginia, California, and New York City.
Practice Areas
 Counseling / Therapy  Eating Disorders
 Anger Management  Grief and Loss
 Anxiety and Panic  Life Transitions
 Caregiver Issues  Loneliness
 Chronic Illness  Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
 Coronavirus/COVID-19 Issues  Self Esteem Issues
 Depression  Stress Management
 Divorce  Trauma and PTSD
 EMDR Part 1 and 2 (EMDRIA)  Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
 Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC)  Psychotherapy (MA)
Post-Masters Certificate In Clinical Community Counseling, The Johns Hopkins University
• Masters Degree In Counseling, The Johns Hopkins University
• Bachelors Degree, University Of Maryland, College Park

Professional Training
• EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing)
• Emotional Freedom Technique (Meridian Therapy)
• Gestalt Therapy
• Hypnosis And Regression Therapy
• Neuro-Linguistic Programming / Brief Therapy
• Parent Education
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing International Association
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors of Maryland
Payments Accepted
Cash, check, insurance, credit cards
932 Hungerford Dr.
Suite 36B
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