Dr. Angela R. Bethea-Walsh is a licensed psychologist in Georgia. She has a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Lehigh University and completed a three-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in clinical health and addictions psychology at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, with funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).
She believes that people have an inherent ability to change and that motivation to change can be influenced within an atmosphere of trust, acceptance and compassion.
Her early training was in person-centered therapy, psychodynamic and interpersonal therapy. Later, she was exposed to cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness techniques. As a Postdoctoral Fellow, she trained extensively in motivational interviewing. She practices evidence-based, culturally-sensitive interventions to treat substance use disorders, stress related to racial and sexual identity development, depression, anxiety, insomnia, weight loss, chronic pain management, pre-/post-natal mental health and fertility concerns.
Other professional interests include psychological evaluations with elite athletes and psychological consultation/assessments for individuals involved in medically-assisted reproduction.
She has published in the areas of racial identity development, culturally competent qualitative research, substance abuse training in doctoral psychology programs, working alliance and prescription opioid abuse, universal substance use screening and the science of motivational interviewing.