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Hello. My name is Elizabeth (Beth) Gomes. I have always been health conscious but since high school have gone through stages where I've struggled to stick to healthy habits. This was especially true after my second child was born with medical issues. I was so focused on caring for my children that I stopped taking care of myself. In 2017, I was rushed to the hospital. While in the ER awaiting tests I told my husband that I needed to make lifestyle changes. I immediately began to work toward regaining control of my life by focusing on getting adequate sleep, increasing daily activity/exercise, reducing life stressors, and eating mainly whole foods. I lost weight, had increased energy, felt happier and less stressed, felt in control of my diet, became stronger and generally felt much healthier. I haven't looked back since.
Along my journey, I have spoken to many people who have expressed their difficulties with initiating and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Like most things, it’s a way of thinking. These conversations led me to get further training so I can provide more support and greater expertise in this area.
Education and Experience
I earned my masters degree in clinical psychology in 2005 and became a licensed mental health counselor in 2007. From graduation in 2005 until 2010, I worked with families whose children were at risk of being removed from their homes due to behavioral problems. In 2010, when my daughter was born, I wanted more flexibility to be with her so began working for myself in private practice. I have helped children, adults and families with anxiety and depressive disorders, issues related to grief, life stressors, and adjustment disorders lead healthier, happier lives. I use an eclectic approach in treatment but most frequently utilize cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness strategies. More recently, I received training in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for weight loss and maintenance. I utilize this approach to help individuals replace their maladaptive thoughts and behaviors with more functional ones in order to promote lifelong change.