We had the good fortune of connecting with Beth Lewis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Beth, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I expanded my small therapy practice of just me into a practice that now houses myself and eleven others. What I started in my living room is now in the Near Southside of FW in 4 small living room type offices and one big gathering office. When i was working out of my home, I was getting overbooked…and I have a strong desire to help people and to offer our community exceptional therapeutic care. So I knew I needed more excellent therapists and more cozy living rooms. And here we are now, 3 years later as the Beth Lewis Therapy Group. I’m very proud of the work, care and compassion we offer our clients. And our offices are super cozy.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Therapy practices are a dime a dozen. They tend to quickly quote, use and diagnose from the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual). They refer to psychiatrists for medication and by using this go-to model, they frequently overlook the human condition sitting right in front of them. In my therapy group I encourage the use of everyday language so as to honor the intellect of our clients, the telling of our own stories so as to connect with the human in the room, and an overall acknowledgment that “disorder” is less our focus while capability and function is our end goal. We do ALL of this in the light hearted and cozy space of our offices. Therapy has never felt so good! Being empowered, seen and acknowledged as capable is our jam. We do all of this very well. And often, my little dog will greet you at the door. With us, therapy is easy. Oh! And have I mentioned that we have an in-house licensed massage therapist? Not only does the FWWeekly like to give her props but I have on-going massages scheduled with her, too. Self care is what we believe!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I like to point out the organic diversity that is a mainstay right in the center of Fort Worth. With the Kimbell Art Museum and the Modern boasting of their international artistry all while butted up next door to Will Rogers Coliseum where ranching and rodeos have spent many a year. I find that to be dichotomous and poetic in design. I would take them to a movie at the Coyote drive in theater, dinner at one of the many exceptional mom-n-pop restaurants along Magnolia Ave and a Sunday brunch on one of the patios where live, local music is played.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Every licensed therapist (LPC) has had a supervisor. It’s a requirement by our state’s Council and Board to have received supervision from a licensed supervisor in order to become fully licensed. It’s not an easy part of our path, but it is the part that turns a student into a professional. I was fortunate to have had a supervisor way back when who was a smart, driven, outside of the box thinking therapist and leader. She and I haven’t spoken in years for various busy reasons, but I give her credit for seeing big talent in me and pushing me along the way to find my own voice in this industry. She knew my voice would not be in the run-of-the-mill basic, everyday therapist, but instead she saw my creativity and my ability to work therapeutically, conversationally and intellectually with other creatives and artists. She was right. I still use what I learned from her supervision as I now supervise my own upcoming therapists. And I’m forever grateful for her SEEING me during a chapter in my life where being seen was crucial to my trajectory. Thank you, Melanie Wells.
Other: TheGroovyYou.com Beth’s upcoming website where her therapy programs will be purchasable. Think clever, creative and effective. Therapy in the convenience of your own space, on your own time line. Genius.