Beverly Polhamus, MA, LMHC, CHT

        Congratulations! You have taken the first and most difficult step toward healing by making the decision to seek help. It is important that the relationship between you and your therapist is a good fit, and one that is based on mutual respect, confidence in and the ability to trust your therapist. I am trained and certified in a variety of modalities in order to provide choices and quality service to my clients because one type of therapy does not work for everyone. I use an eclectic, family systems approach to my therapy which is strength based, down to earth and practical. I have a sense of humor, which I find very helpful in making clients more comfortable in what can often be difficult histories. Therapy can include, but is not limited to, brief therapy, solution-based therapy, behavioral, systems theory, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), trauma focused CBT and structured family therapy. I am a clinical hypnotherapist and am certified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing).

        Therapy is based upon the assumption that the family as a whole, plus each person individually, takes responsibility for their own independent decisions and actions. The therapy’s primary focus is on the present with an understanding of the effects of past events on current behaviors and the need to process unresolved issues. There is an emphasis on the positive to enable each individual, couple or family to build upon their strengths. “The turmoil of the past is never wholly forgotten, unresolved it seeps through even the strongest foundation.”

  • Years in Practice: 18+ Years
  • Education: Pacific Lutheran University (BA), Chapman University (MA)
  • Trained in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
  • Certified EMDR Practitioner
  • Clinical Hypnotherapist

I provide therapy to individuals (teen & adult), couples and families and specialize in the following areas: – Anxiety – Depression – Phobias – Trauma and PTSD – Sexual Abuse – Relationship Issues – Family – Parenting Concerns (co-parenting, step-parenting, parenting assessments) – Presentations

I hold certifications in EMDR and Hypnotherapy and am trained in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and trauma focused CBT (TF-CBT). This variety of modalities provides choices and quality to my clients because one type of therapy does not work for everyone.