Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist #44792
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor #294
Beth Sorensen Agnew has an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University and a B.S. in Psychology from Washington State University. She has been working with children, teens, couples and families in many different capacities since 2002. Beth is a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.
Beth completed her California Marriage and Family Therapy License in 2007 and her Professional Clinical Counselor License in 2013. Additional training includes completing the JFKU Eating Disorders Certificate Program in 2012, as well as the Postpartum Support International certificate training in 2019.
She built the foundation of her training at the Bill Wilson Center, in Santa Clara. At the Bill Wilson Center, Beth ran groups for at-risk teens while also working with adult clients and families in the outpatient clinic. Part of Beth’s multi-faceted training also came from working as a Professional Foster Care Social Worker with FamiliesFirstInc., providing family and youth support within the context of foster care and social services. Beth was the Director of the Helping Hands program at Family Violence Counseling Associates. This experience included individual therapy for child witnesses of family violence and counseling for women affected by domestic violence. Beth also served an Intake Coordinator for Our Common Ground, Inc., a dual-diagnosis treatment program for at-risk youth.
Over the years, Beth has also had the opportunity to serve her alma mater, Santa Clara University, as a Practicum Leader, as well as an Adjunct Lecturer in the Group Counseling class.
Approach & Values
Beth specializes in working with teens and adults. Her practice is an inclusive, open-minded and safe space for all clients.
This includes providing Affirmative Therapy for the LGBTQ community. Affirmative therapy is an approach that embraces a positive view of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) identities and relationships and addresses the negative influences that clients have experienced from living in a heteronormative and gender-binaristic society.
What is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist?
A Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) is trained to work with individuals, couples, or groups wherein interpersonal relationships are examined for the purpose of achieving more adequate, satisfying, and productive marriage and family adjustments. This practice includes relationship and pre-marriage counseling.
What is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor?
A Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) uses counseling interventions and psychotherapeutic techniques to identify and remediate cognitive, mental, and emotional issues, including personal growth, adjustment to disability, crisis intervention, and psychosocial and environmental problems. An LPCC may conduct assessments for the purpose of establishing counseling goals and objectives to empower individuals to deal adequately with life situations, reduce stress, experience growth, change behavior, and make well-informed rational decisions.
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