Background and Experience
Dr. Beth Firestein earned her Ph.D in Counseling Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. She completed an APA-approved doctoral internship at Colorado State University Counseling Center in Ft. Collins, Colorado.
Dr. Firestein worked for ten years as a Staff Psychologist at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. Her work included providing individual, group and couple psychotherapy to traditional and non-traditional age students at the University. She also supervised graduate school interns as part of the American Psychological Association approved internship program at the Counseling Center. She also taught several independent study classes in her areas of expertise.
Dr. Beth also served as director of the Office of Women’s Services at SIU. She hired, trained and supervised three graduate students and office staff. Women’s Services provided short-term individual counseling, support groups on assertiveness and sexuality, and educational presentations on a variety of topics, such as Date Rape Prevention. She served on a variety of committees and was selected as a University Woman of Distinction in 1996 for her service to the University.
She has also edited two volumes on counseling bisexual clients and has authored numerous published articles and book chapters on a variety of topics. Dr. Beth Firestein is a Fellow in the American Psychological Association (Fellows are members who are honored for making substantial original contributions to the profession of psychology) and has won a number of other awards over the span of her career.
Dr. Firestein moved to Loveland, Colorado in 1996 and has been in full-time private psychotherapy practice since that time. She has over 27 years of experience in providing counseling to a wide variety of individuals, couples and families from diverse racial, religious, and sexual orientation backgrounds. Over 16 years of her practice has been in Loveland.
Philosophy of Counseling and Psychotherapy
My approach to counseling and therapy are informed by the variety of training and the many theoretical orientations I have been exposed to and learned about over my career. My treatment philosophy and approach include elements of psychodynamic, humanistic, client-centered and family systems approaches. I also integrate an understanding of socioeconomic, racial, ethnic, age, gender, and sexual identity as important factors influencing a person’s identity, relationships and opportunities (or lack of opportunities) in this culture and society.
I view people from a strength-based perspective, focusing on the person’s abilities and character strengths to assist them in creating a personal foundation for constructive change and problem-solving. I do my best to provide a safe, confidential, and accepting environment for honest exploration of areas of personal difficulty and potential solutions to personal and relationship problems.
While I do not pathologize people or work for a “disease model” of mental health, I do have the background, training, and clinical skill to help clients identify biologically-based mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety disorders and bipolar illness and make appropriate referrals for medical evaluation, if needed. My approach involves working as a team with medical and other health practitioners (massage therapists, physical therapists, etc.) to provide a collaborative and holistic approach to helping each person resolve the issues that bring them to therapy.