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Bev Stratton Certified EFT Therapist

Bev Stratton


Eight years experience providing couple therapy and individual therapy

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I've spent decades helping people find meaning in their lives.

While I currently run a solo private therapy practice, I have worked in a couple therapy group practice, taught math and religion at a local university, directed a program for first-year students and contributed to the development of a Women's Studies program. Besides my professional endeavors, I've traveled to various countries and enjoy regular family vacations in New Hampshire. Balancing my roles as a daughter, sister, friend, spouse, mother, and grandmother enriches my journey through life.

~Bev Stratton


LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR MASTER OF ARTS, COUNSELING AND PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES Saint Mary's University CERTIFIED EMOTIONALLY FOCUSED THERAPIST  • EFT Externship, Core Skills, hundreds of hours of supervised practice, ongoing consultation, submission of materials and approval of tapes of EFT therapy by reviewer from ICEEFT (International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy)​ POST INDUCTION THERAPY (Pia Mellody's model – basic three training modules for Healing Relationship Trauma): • Introductory, Inner Child, Feeling Reduction OTHER TRAININGS & CERTIFICATIONS • AEDP – Level 1 • Internal Family Systems (IFS) – Level 1 • EMDR Therapy Basic Training – recognized by EMDRIA (EMDR International Association) • Certified Prepare/Enrich Facilitator (for couples preparing for marriage) • Certified in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) • AuSM Autism Direct Support Certification (Autism Society of Minnesota)


SOLO PRIVATE THERAPY PRACTICE since October 2023 CO-FACILITATING HOLD ME TIGHT® Couples Workshops since 2016 COUPLE THERAPY AND INDIVIDUAL THERAPY for eight years at a group practice • 24% of my clients in July 2023 were therapists (often with their partners)  PRE-LICENSED EXPERIENCE • Internship doing individual therapy at a college counseling center • Volunteer crisis phone counseling through Crisis Connection PROFESSOR AT A LOCAL UNIVERSITY • Taught math and later religion, with teaching, scholarship, and service to eventually become a professor and then professor emerita of religion • Decades of helping people "lead lives that matter" (my student told me) • Helped students consider their spiritual practice and vocations in relation to religious teachings, social justice concerns, and holding one's own commitments, while respecting those of others, in a world of many religions • Directed program for first year students • Developed consortial major in Women's Studies and a "Feminism and Christianity" course • Team-taught first offering of what is now "Introduction to Queer Studies" course • Led Ford Foundation grant for "Incorporating Feminist Scholarship Concerning Gender and Cultural Diversity into the Curriculum"

Selected Trainings & Practice

CULTURAL COMPETENCE AND ADDRESSING INEQUITIES • Healing Racialized Trauma and Undoing White Body Supremacy Practice Group • LGBTQIA2S+ Summit: Breaking Down the Barriers to Inclusive Mental Health Care and Connection • The Wounds We Cannot See: Transforming the Trauma of Oppression with AEDP • Reclaiming Our Humanity and Voices through PROTEST: Responding to Racial Trauma and Violence EMOTIONALLY FOCUSED THERAPY — ADVANCED TRAININGS AND MASTER CLASSES • Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy • Emotionally Focused Family Therapy ​• Healing Shattered Attachment • Navigating the Neural Dance: Applying Polyvagal Theory to thePractice of EFT • Sex as a Safe Adventure: Connecting sexually and emotionally through EFT • Healing Broken Bonds & Betrayals • Going into the Fire: Working with Highly Escalated Couples • Gaining Traction, Getting to Softenings TRAUMA • ​Existing in One’s Own Heart and Mind: Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy in the Treatment of Complex Trauma • Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors: Overcoming Self-Alienation • Advanced Issues in the Treatment of Complex Dissociative Disorders: Chronic Shame, Resistance, and Traumatic Memory • Attachment-Focused EMDR: Healing Developmental Deficits and Adults Abused as Children • Trauma-informed Support for Survivors of Sexual Assault • Trauma, Attachment & Neuroscience with Bessel A. van der Kolk, M.D.: Brain, Mind & Body in the Healing of Trauma • Internal Family Systems and the Treatment of Trauma • Growing Your Functional Adult (for clients & therapists on core issues of PIT model for healing relational trauma) SEXUALITY ​• Restore Strong, Resilient Sexual Desire within Your Clients: A New Approach for Therapists • Contemporary Assessment & Treatment of Sexual Concerns • Attachment, Affect Regulation, and Sexuality • ​Foundations for Recovery: Understanding Sexual Compulsivity Workshop ATTACHMENT, EMOTIONS, AND OTHER TRAINING • Emotions Education 101; Train the Trainer: Facilitate Emotions Education 101 • Healing and Easing Depression: Using the Change Triangle and the Transformational Power of Core Emotions • Post Induction Therapy – Couples Boundary Workshop • Essential Skills Couple’s Bootcamp (from Relational Life Therapy model) • Acts of Recognition: Embedded Relational Mindfulness and the Dyadic Repair of Trauma and Attachment (from Sensorimotor Psychotherapy model) • Self-Compassion and Emotional Resilience • Maternal Mental Health Community and Volunteer Training

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Love your feelings.  Love your Life.
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