Beverly Rapp, LADC, LMFT
Oklahoma City, OK
In beginning this segment "About Me", perhaps I should start with a statement of credentials. I have a masterís degree in education and communication from the University of Central Oklahoma and a Masters Degree in the field of Transpersonal Psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology / Sophia University. I hold two state counseling licenses. I am a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor and a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist. Iím a member of several professional organizations affiliated with my licenses. I work to stay abreast of information in both areas of drugs and alcohol as well as marriage and family.
As for the rest, I didnít start out to be a therapist. I began my professional career as a teacher. I had my own tutoring practice. At various times, I taught in elementary school, secondary school and college. I also worked in the field of media. I have been talent and copywriter for radio, TV and print.
In 1985, something happened that changed the course of destiny. My long time interest in psychology and Jungian psychology in particular, led me to a Jung study group. The group was held at an area university and was conducted by a pastoral psychotherapist, named Dean Schlecht. Something serendipitous occurred. I was invited to become a co-teacher with Dean in workshops he led and to intern as a co-therapist. It became clear that Iíd found my niche, so I began a course of training with the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology / Sophia University. In 1991, when the state license for marriage and family therapists became available, based on my work experience and academic background, I was accepted.
Now this the opposite way to how things usually happen. That is to say, usually, a person undertakes a course of training, interns, becomes licensed and then goes to work. I conclude my case is one of those things that was just supposed to be.
A parallel path emerged as well. I discovered many of the people coming to see me, for psychotherapy, had a substance abuse history or had a close family member with this problem. Through these stories of suffering and struggle, I recognized a need to play a dual role. It wasnít enough to offer counsel and guidance to couples and individuals grappling with stress, anxiety and depression. I needed to identify how substance abuse was contributing to other issues. In 1993, I became a certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor and am now a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor.
Serving over 25 years in my professional capacity, Iíve given training workshops to other therapists which include: Healing the Inner Child, Inner Wisdom, Anger, Dream Work, Transpersonal Psychotherapy and Eastern Wisdom, Transpersonal Psychotherapy and Shamanic Wisdom, among others. Iíve offered workshops to the public, such as The Many Faces of the Feminine, Dream Work, and Psychotherapy and Spirituality. In essence, Iíve had a busy work life. Fortunately, Iíve had the support of a loving husband and wonderful friends and colleagues to see me through this passage.
But, what does all this mean to you? It means that I am a unique human being with a unique, personal story, just like you. It also means I bring experience and training to bear on your issues.
Finally, in this section: About Me, Iíd like to say that when you enter my office, it will be ABOUT YOU.
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Beverly Rapp, LMFT, LADC
6051 N Brookline Ave., Suite 103-9
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73112