In this episode, Kym and Betsy, an expert in working with clients who have substance use disorders, discuss the challenges therapists face when confronted with substance use issues and how to navigate these situations, particularly for traveling therapists.
Betsy provides guidance on when to refer clients to specialists and when therapists can utilize their existing therapeutic skills to continue to work with their clients even if they are working remotely. Betsy emphasizes the importance of open communication, non-judgmental attitudes, and normalizing discussions around substance use to build client trust. Betsy also offers a program to help therapists gain confidence in working with this population.
Betsy Byler, MA, LPC-SAS, ICS, LPCC is a mental health therapist, substance use counselor and clinical supervisor. After working on community mental health for 16 years, she moved into private practice in 2019 to continue seeing clients for treatment of trauma and substance use. In the fall of 2020 she launched a podcast called All Things Substance aimed at helping therapists gain the information they need to add substance use to their scope of practice. She has two grown daughters living nearby and lives in woods of NW Wisconsin with her husband and two cats.
Betsy Byler, MA, LPC-SAS, ICS, LPCC
Mental Health Therapist, Substance Abuse Counselor, Clinical Supervisor
Host of the All Things Substance Podcast
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