Meet Beth Spring
For Beth Spring, Success is a Result of Having the Right Perspective
“Be present to the present moment. Here and now is really and truly the only time we have.” This saying may sound cliché for some, but for Beth Spring, it means a great deal. It serves as a powerful reminder that the quality of our awareness matters. “Being open, curious, and compassionate in this present moment helps in so many ways. It allows couples to empathize; parents to better understand their children’s struggles; and for all of us, it keeps us in touch with strengths we want to build on. Bringing intention to our attention opens up new possibilities to make skillful choices about managing parts of our lives that have become stagnant or constrained. It can set us on a path toward growth and healthy change."
A Motivated Spirit
Flexibility and integrating past successes into new challenges distinguish Beth’s career path. After she majored in journalism and minored in social psychology at Northwestern University, Beth pursued opportunities in journalism. Writing for a national magazine, authoring several books, and editing curriculum materials for The Child Welfare League grounded Beth in skilled communication and an awareness of adversities that test the human spirit.
Making a Change
Beth came to realize that her journalist’s role wasn’t nearly as interesting as the people she was meeting and interviewing. “I found I was greatly interested in how these people would solve their problems, and less interested in writing about them. That was a revelation for me,” says Beth. “I knew from the time that I graduated from Northwestern that I wanted to get a Master’s Degree, I just didn’t know in what.”
Returning to psychology studies provided an answer to that question. After a personal struggle with infertility and a decision, with her husband, to adopt two children, it became clear to her that becoming a therapist was what she was cut out to do. Beth received a Master’s degree from Virginia Tech, worked for six years at a social service agency, and then opened her private therapy practice.
A Perfect Fit
That was 20 years ago, and today her private practice is thriving. “It was a very seamless transition for me. In fact, therapy often is a guided interview.” Beth has indeed uncovered a career and a passion that has managed to meet, even exceed, her high standards - a place that is a perfect fit for her mindfulness-focused life. “I absolutely love what I’m doing now. I’m inspired by my clients’ courage and perseverance every day.”
A Respected Professional
Beth supervises therapist trainees in her private practice, and she served as a clinical supervisor at Virginia Tech’s Center for Family Services, a teaching clinic, for 6 years. She has assisted with mindfulness classes and retreats at Virginia Tech. She takes an avid interest in staying current with research and resources for her clients, taking a directive approach focused on meeting goals.
For ten years, Beth has coordinated a peer supervision group, providing fellow therapists with a place to share struggles and successes. Her presentations on mindfulness, and other topics including stress reduction and communication, attract enthusiastic comments and appreciation. Clearly, Beth is a respected professional who exceeds expectations. Her caring approach to each client consistently sets a high professional standard.
"We thank Beth for all of her thoughtful guidance. We have all grown, and we attribute that to her ability to support us and challenge us - with a Midwestern sense of humor that we love."
Clinical Interns at Virginia Tech
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Virginia, November 2002-present
Virginia Tech, MS in Marriage & Family Therapy, 1999
Northwestern University, BS in Journalism, minor in Social Psychology
Additional Professional Training (selected):
Creativity and Neuroscience for Helping Professionals, George Washington University, 2018
Sex Therapy for the 21st Century, Psychotherapy Networker, 2018
The Body Keeps the Score, Bessel van der Kolk, Psychotherapy Networker, 2017
Mental Health and Wellness Conference, Fairfax County Public Schools, 2016
Qi Gong for Health, Psychotherapy Networker, Washington DC 2016
Eating Disorders and Family Therapy, Virginia Tech, 2015
Meditation and Psychotherapy, Cambridge Heath Alliance, Boston, 2013
Interpersonal Neurobiology, Curt Thompson, M.D., Falls Church, VA, 2010
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, 2009
Meditation in Psychotherapy, Cape Cod Institute, 2006
Prevention & Relationship Enhancement Program (PREP), U of Denver, 2004
Approved Supervisor Training, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), 2004
Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM), with Lt. Col. Charles E. Woods, University of Maryland Baltimore College, October, 2001 (basic); April 2002 (advanced)
Clinical Member, American Association of Marriage & Family Therapists (AAMFT)