Brandi Bentrim, LCSW

I am an LCSW with over 20 years of experience working with children and adults. Most of my work has focused on providing individual and family therapy to young adults, as well as children and adult survivors of trauma.

I would describe my style as warm, supportive, genuine, and direct. I recognize that securing your trust is key in developing a productive therapeutic working relationship. I believe our experiences shape the way we see the world which can lead to patterns that are no longer serving us. Our thoughts impact the way we feel, and insight into these connections can move us towards change and healing.

Over the years I have worked with children in multiple levels of care including inpatient, partial, residential treatment, and specialized foster care. In my private practice and community outpatient work, I have provided stabilization services working closely with inpatient and partial programs to support newly discharged clients and their families. I was a trusted partner providing level of care assessments for a local school district, supporting families through parent training, crisis intervention, family therapy, and group therapy for teens. More recently as a program manager, I managed a team of clinical supervisors, therapists, and administrative staff working to provide school-based mental health services supporting students in 5 school districts across two counties.

Spending time as a clinical supervisor and supporting mental health providers looking to strengthen their clinical skills or working towards licensure has been very rewarding. However, being a therapist and helping people directly is my true passion. I have always really enjoyed working with adolescents and young adults in particular.

I am also a parent and have a child who was diagnosed with PANDAS (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections). I have since strived to be an educator for mental health and medical professionals, as well as an advocate for parents of children who have been diagnosed or are seeking diagnosis and treatment for PANDAS. Experiencing this crisis in my own family only heightens my holistic approach to mental health. I also know how valuable parent support can be when your family is faced with a health crisis.

I recognize the decision to engage in therapy can be a difficult one. I will provide you with a safe space for us to work towards the goals you have set for yourself and make the changes you want to see in your life.

Specialty Areas: Depression, Anxiety, OCD, Relationship Issues, Family Conflicts, Trauma & Abuse, Self-Esteem, Coping With Life Changes, Adolescence, Attachment Issues, PANDAS

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