Beth VanBuecken (she/her)
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Registered Drama Therapist
As your therapist, my job is to work together with you to figure out struggles and patterns that are holding you back, and develop new skills towards living a more joyful, authentic, and fulfilling life. My style is warm, playful, and down-to-earth. I believe in the power of relationship and creativity to create positive change. I try to offer a space in therapy where you can explore new ways of being, and feel seen and supported for who you truly are. I think it is a sign of true bravery to seek support and I look forward to meeting you!
In therapy, I use different tools to help you identify your strengths and build new skills. These include talk therapy as well as mindfulness, somatic (body-based) and creative/interactive methods (visual arts, writing, drama, movement). My approach is drawn from Narrative Therapy, Creative Arts Therapy, mindfulness practices, EMDR, Internal Family Systems, and Attachment Theory.
I do my best to practice from an anti-oppression and social justice foundation, and to provide therapy that is actively affirming of all identities. I regularly seek training and spaces of service and accountability, both personally and professionally, to improve my awareness and skills.
I have over 13 years of experience as a therapist working with children, teens, families, and adults in schools, community mental health, homeless shelters, and hospitals. I hold a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and Drama Therapy. I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the states of Oregon and Washington (WA #LF60876455, OR #T0884) and a Registered Drama Therapist.
I have lived all up and down the West Coast, but mainly grew up in the Pacific Northwest. Prior to becoming a therapist, I worked in nonprofit arts outreach organizations teaching performing arts and life skills to youth. In my free time, I love exploring the outdoors with my family, performing in community theater, reading, and gardening.