“Therapists specialize in the thing they know the best, and for me, that’s helping adolescent girls transition through that awkward age.” — Betty Eastman, LCSW
Betty’s decision to become a therapist was very personal — it had to do with her father’s reaction after spending two tours in the Vietnam War.
“He had PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) because of the war,” she says. “My family grew up with his erratic behavior.”
Betty says once she and her father were driving down the road and her father made her get out of the car and into the ditch because he thought he saw something. He was having a flashback, she explains, and he was trying to keep her safe. Other times he would wake the whole family in the middle of the night when he felt threatened.
A communications major in college, Betty decided that what she really wanted to do was to go to graduate school to help people. It was while she working on her master’s degree in social work that she learned about PTSD, and she realized that was what her father was suffering from when she was a little girl. “I could have helped him if I had known about PTSD then.”
Now she feels the most kinship with adolescent girls, which is her specialty. She has been in practice since 1996 and is owner of Betty Eastman, LCSW, and Associates, Inc. Betty’s perspective on therapy is that all of life is united and interrelated through a connection of body, mind and spirit. She works with clients to bring all of these forces into harmony through Christian-based counseling.
She is an active volunteer in the community and a member of Trinity United Methodist Church.