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Bethany A. Lerch, MSE, NCC, LPC-IT

People can change. More importantly, people are worthy of change. So are you.

Often we convince ourselves we’re not deserving. These are the ties that bind, and the ones I’d like to help loosen. Because you deserve to heal.

Born and raised in Oshkosh, I graduated from UW Oshkosh in 2009. Afterwards, I taught English in Germany as a Fulbright scholar, then studied at St Andrews in Scotland for my first Masters degree with a grant from Rotary International. I’ve since lectured at a university in Germany, taught girls in the Middle East, and deployed as a Military Advisor for NATO in Afghanistan. Upon my return in 2017, I was accepted at my alma mater for a second Masters degree, this time in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I graduated from UW Oshkosh again in May 2020.

In January 2019, I began training at Rogers Behavioral Health. There I helped adults overcome addiction, eating disorders, and trauma. From intern I became a Behavior Specialist for children and adolescents with OCD/anxiety, then promoted to Case Specialist for adults with anxiety and depression. A second promotion accompanied my provisional licensure from the state and I continue to work at Rogers as a Therapist for Mental Health and Addiction Recovery in Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient levels of care. Throughout my time there, preceptors and specialists have refined my skills in individual and group Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), as well as Behavioral Activation (BA) to reduce symptoms of depression, and exposure therapy to manage symptoms of anxiety.

Outside work, I wait for the wind to howl so I can kitesurf on Lake Winnebago. When it’s calm, I run, rollerblade, and bike. And when it rains or snows, I can be found reading and writing without end. Animals bring me joy and I’ve been known to stop traffic to rescue turtles. My partner and his two children help me do the same. Mostly we enjoy being outdoors altogether, on the water or walking.

Ours is an extraordinary and remarkable world. Despite its singular beauty, it can also be a place of anguish. For while we laugh and love, we can also inflict pain on ourselves and one another. The hurt we carry can manifest in our bodies, hearts, and minds; it impacts our decisions and actions and personal relationships.

People can change. However, healing cannot be had without time and commitment. And while people can recover alone, to include a counselor is to invite someone to walk with you. The advantage of a therapeutic relationship is help in recognizing that which we otherwise may not see for ourselves. From beginning to end, awareness to resolution, I’d like to be your side-by-side guide.

I do not currently accept insurance. Forms of payment include cash, check, and major credit cards. Secure teletherapy is also available.

45 minutes: $75
60 minutes: $100

For more information, visit Antica Counseling online, or my profile on Psychology Today. You may also call 920.312.7094 or email [email protected]. (Please note, that phone number is via Google Voice; it connects directly to my cell phone.)

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