Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.
BECKY KAUFMAN, LPC
My name is Becky, and I’m a licensed professional counselor. I’ve been in this career field for over 12 years, and I’ve accumulated extensive experience working with children, teens, individuals, couples and families. I received my bachelor’s degree from Park University and went on to get my master’s degree in community counseling from Georgia Southern University. I am currently attending California Southern University’s Doctor of Psychology program and expect to earn my PsyD. in 2020.
Additionally, I am a registered clinical supervisor with the state of Virginia, and currently the Resident Coordinator here at Bright Horizons. I have several years of supervisory experience working with interns and residents, and love the teaching aspect of counseling, whether it’s with clients or new clinicians. If you are interested in becoming a resident in counseling with Bright Horizons, please email us a copy of your resume/CV and a cover letter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I specialize in helping individuals and couples develop the strategies and self-awareness needed to overcome life obstacles and, as a result, achieve a better quality of life. I have a background working with issues such as severe abuse and trauma, self-harm, depression, anxiety, behavioral issues, individual, couples and family issues, parenting issues, and specific issues that arise within military families.
HOW I HELP
Life can be hard sometimes, but recognizing your own humanity is key to making it through the challenges that come your way. Everyone you will ever meet has had good and bad days; it’s our perception of the event that makes or breaks us. My job as a therapist is to help you recognize the strength you have, even on your worst days, and to help you figure out how to build the life you want regardless of the roadblocks that show up on your journey. It’s your journey, no one else’s, so let’s make it exactly what you want it to be.
Children and Teens
In my work at a youth residential treatment facility, I saw the worst of the worst when it comes to mental health issues. It’s hard growing up, learning how to navigate your way around relationships and waves of emotions that come out of nowhere. I want you to learn how to handle stress in safe, appropriate ways, how to speak up for yourself or others, and how to tune out the negative while amplifying the positive you have in your life. I want to motivate and empower you to be whoever and whatever you want to be!
Adulting is hard some days. Your “to-do” list never gets finished, bills add up, work is always there, family and friends require your time and energy, and at the end of it all, you realize you have so little left for yourself. I believe boundaries are vital to navigating our lives; if we don’t set some limits somewhere, we become empty and suffer unnecessarily. I can help you identify out what your boundaries are (or need to be) and help teach you how to communicate this to others appropriately.
If figuring out your own wants and needs isn’t hard enough, figuring it out in a relationship can be even more difficult. Unclear expectations within relationships set us up for arguments, leaving both individuals feeling unheard and misunderstood. In my couple’s work, I can help you both identify what your expectations are, not only for your relationship but also for yourself. Please be aware that couples’ therapy isn’t always about reconciling the relationship, but more about figuring out your needs so you can get clarity on what is best for you.
MORE ABOUT ME
When not working with my clients, I’m typically on my couch, checking out Pintrest for all the things I’ll never make while listening to some TV show I’ve seen thousands of times before, being stared at by our dogs, Sparrow and Luna, and thinking about the fact that I actually need to be looking up information for my dissertation instead of relaxing. Other times, I’m actually doing things with my amazing son and husband. Cooking and gardening are two of my therapies, and I love doing yoga when I can. And in between all of this, I actually do work on my dissertation.
Hi! I’m Sparrow, one of the 4-legged therapists at Bright Horizons. I work with my mom, Becky, and help her clients when they are feeling sad and need a hug, or when they are sharing good news and need a congratulatory kiss. You might notice I have lots of scars on my body…they are from my early puppy-hood where I was forced into fights by mean people. But, I’m a lover not a fighter, so I was dumped on someone’s lawn, and rescued by good people who helped me get better. I was adopted by my mom just before I turned one, and I’ve never looked back! I’m a great listener, a super friendly boy and all around good doggo. You might see me wandering the hallways and lobby at Bright Horizons, looking for new friends and any treats I can get. I look forward to saying hi and getting gentle pets from you when you come see us!
Petting, scratching, and cuddling a dog could be as soothing to the mind and heart as deep meditation, and almost as good for the soul as prayer.
~ Dean Koontz
When an 85-pound mammal licks your tears away, then tries to sit on your lap, it’s hard to feel sad.
~ Kristan Higgins
They [dogs] never talk about themselves but listen to you while you talk about yourself, and keep up an appearance of being interested in the conversation.
~ Jerome K. Jerome