Irene Weiss, MFT
On the path to finding love, fulfilling work and meaning, there will be challenges that make us feel anxious, depressed, angry or just uncertain. Life never stays the same. While change often brings joy, it can also cause stress and place great strains on our closest relationships. During these times, I believe that exploring our feelings and personal goals in a safe, nurturing environment can help us adjust to these inevitable changes.
I come from an artistic background with a BA in theater/dance, and am a visual artist and a singer/songwriter as well. I value family, good friends and am revived by journeys out into nature. In addition to talk and play therapy, I have included art, music, drama and poetry in my work. I also find that humor helps to facilitate connection and communication.
While grief, loss, and depression are universal experiences, everyone deals with these issues differently. This is why one of my goals is to adapt therapy to your individual needs and wants. I enjoy working with adults, teens, and children of all ages, leading groups, and counseling couples and families. I have a strong background helping people with their relationship challenges and life transitions. During my ten years of providing therapy in inpatient, outpatient and private practice settings, I have also worked with those who have substance abuse issues as well as with victims of trauma, abuse and neglect.
As a Marriage and Family Therapist and artist, I believe in the importance of the process or journey toward healing and self-fulfillment. I believe that focusing on your strengths and getting in touch with the body, mind and spirit can help promote health and well-being. I can offer you empathy, respect and listening without judgment, because to be truly heard is what makes us grow, adjust, and live to our fullest capacity.
My hope is to help you remove whatever has been blocking you from true happiness and success.
Relationships and life can be challenging. Sometimes the hardest thing to do is ask for help. I am here to make that process as easy as possible and to help you self-actualize, gain more satisfaction in your relationships, and to help you manage whatever symptoms you may be having. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 2001. I have experience working with substance abuse, domestic violence, PTSD, depression, and generalized anxiety. I work with individuals, couples, and families. My experience also includes work with adolescents and school-based treatments.
I have worked in the Latino, LGBT, and dual diagnosed populations just to name a few. I love people and feel that all “problems” have a solution. Sometimes these ”problems” are the very gateway to becoming the truest form of ourselves that we can be.
Making the decision to seek therapy can at times lead to variety of emotions. You may feel relieved that you are finally taking steps to get through a difficult time in your life. You may feel fearful of opening up to someone, or worried of the unknown. These emotions are normal, and taking this first step in getting the help you need is already an accomplishment. I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. My primary approach to therapy is integrative and client-centered. It is my strong belief that a therapeutic relationship can lead to insights and change. I encourage a safe, comfortable, non-judgmental, and empathetic environment where we can work in union to help develop coping skills to allow you to overcome the obstacles in your life.
I am passionate about working with adolescents, individuals, couples and families. Some of my specialties include: depression, anxiety & stress, self-esteem, women’s issues, communication & intimacy issues, difficult life transitions, acculturation, and college stressors. I am also bilingual and provide services in Spanish. I believe everyone is capable of growth and I look forward to helping you find your most authentic self.
Margaret Rebecca Lillywhite, LCSW, CP/PAT, RADT 1
What is your Big Dream and what does it mean to live your dream? Being open for change, renewal and activation of your potential is an act of courage. My goal is to support you in activating your spontaneity and creativity to discover your strengths, inspiration and resilience practices. I consider it an honor to be your witness and to support you in sharing your story, trusting your empowerment process, increasing your confidence, well-being and inner peace.
For 26 years as an Artist/Therapist, I’m licensed in 3 states as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, (LCSW) Certified Clinical Supervisor, Registered Alcohol and Drug Therapist, (RADT 1) with Practitioner Applicant Trainer, (PAT) in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy. I’m re-certifying as an Expressive Arts Therapist, educated and trained in all the arts and supervised to facilitate creative exploration, navigation in the imaginal realm and aesthetic analysis. My approach is client centered utilizing evidence-based solution focused practices in traditional psychotherapy, expressive arts and action methods.
Creative healing approaches enhance personal awareness, self-expression and connection. Together with a client I identify learning styles and determine the best approach. If indicated, I utilize various low skill/high sensitivity arts and action methods emphasizing safety, trust, self-discovery and expansion of range of play, self awareness, role development and life skills practice and mastery. Imagination is one of our superpowers and with guidance, clients trust themselves and how their intuition and imagination works in the emergence of their authentic self.
My work is culturally informed with diverse populations of all ages including individuals, couples, families and groups. Specializations include trauma/PTSD, MI/ moral injury, domestic violence; victim role/ offender roll, anger management, emotional self-regulation, substance-abuse/various addictions; co-occurring disorders, unemployment, homelessness, cycles of incarceration, child abuse/ neglect, grief, loss, anxiety, depression and imposter syndrome. I have 5 years experience working with underserved women and with all military branches in the USA and Europe. My work with veterans and active duty service members deploying and returning from Iraq and Afghanistan emphasizes battlefield trauma, domestic violence, substance abuse and related military life and family challenges. I am conversationally bilingual in Spanish with lived experience and awareness of Hispanic and Native cultures.
For more information call Beach Psychotherapy (877) 293-8123
Insurances accepted: Magellan, Cigna, Blue Shield, Tricare, and Lifesynch/Humana in network and most PPO’s out of network. Cash clients are also accepted and can be charged on a sliding scale if needed.