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Betsy Sparks, LPC, CAADC, ACS

(she/her/hers)

Where she studied:

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
– Spring Arbor University

Master of Counseling
– Spring Arbor University

What she does at Pietruck Therapy Services

Psychotherapist

Location:

Ann Arbor

Contact:

Meet Betsy

If you weren’t a mental health professional, what would you be doing?

Lawyer

What is your favorite quote?

“it is what it is!”

What is your go-to “feel good” song?

Pitbull ” I feel Good!!”

What is your favorite way to move your body?

Running, when it does not hurt 😊

What do you do for self-care/self-love?

Exercise and hang out with my family!

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Lawyer

Who is your ideal client?

A client who is willing to try things even if they have tried before and did not work. Someone who is open-minded.

Why do you like being a therapist?

I love being a therapist because I love the idea of being able to help people see their potential and improve. I like to provide coping skills and see them working when implemented.

What is something you wish people knew about therapy?

Therapy should not be stigmatizing. People should not be afraid of therapy and therapy does not have to be hard. Therapy is a process just like anything else and it can be a fun process.

Why/how can people benefit from therapy?

Therapy helps people learn new perspectives to symptoms or problems. It also helps let people talk to someone who is nonjudgmental and objective. Therapy provides support when it does not feel like there is support elsewhere.

What is something you’d like clients to know about you (or how you work)?

I work hard for my clients, if I do not have a solution to a problem, I will tell you and will also seek the solution.

What does success in therapy look like to you?

Success is when someone has improved on their symptoms.  When they have learned, and practice coping skills and they do it without therapist prompting.

What are your thoughts about the “stigma” of therapy?

Stigma about therapy is very frustrating. Therapy is no different than going to the doctor for high blood pressure of diabetes, which is what I tell people who need therapy and are hesitant.

Populations:

Kids (5+), Tweens, Teens,Young Adults, Adults, Couples & Families

Treatment Modalities:

  • Behavior Counseling
  • Breath work
  • Coaching, Cognitive Therapy Behavior (CBT)
  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
  • Creative Expression
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Existential Therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Person-Centered Therapy
  • Play Therapy
  • Psychoeducation
  • Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT)
  • Sport Psychology
  • Strength-Based Therapy
  • Trauma Informed Care
  • Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

Professional Specializations

  • Addiction and Codependency
  • Anxiety
  • Bullying
  • Coping skills
  • Depression
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Empowerment-Based
  • Grief and loss
  • Meditation
  • Mind-Body Connection
  • Mindfulness
  • Nutrition
  • OCD
  • Parenting
  • Relationships
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harming and Suicidal Ideation
  • Social Skills
  • Stress
  • Substance Abuse
  • Trauma
  • Work/Life balance
Betsy bio picture

Betsy Sparks, LPC, CAADC, ACS

(she/her/hers)

Where she studied:

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
– Spring Arbor University

Master of Counseling
– Spring Arbor University

What she does at Pietruck Therapy Services

Psychotherapist

Location:

Ann Arbor

Contact:

Meet Betsy

If you weren’t a mental health professional, what would you be doing?

Lawyer

What is your favorite quote?

“it is what it is!”

What is your go-to “feel good” song?

Pitbull ” I feel Good!!”

What is your favorite way to move your body?

Running, when it does not hurt 😊

What do you do for self-care/self-love?

Exercise and hang out with my family!

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Lawyer

Who is your ideal client?

A client who is willing to try things even if they have tried before and did not work. Someone who is open-minded.

Why do you like being a therapist?

I love being a therapist because I love the idea of being able to help people see their potential and improve. I like to provide coping skills and see them working when implemented.

What is something you wish people knew about therapy?

Therapy should not be stigmatizing. People should not be afraid of therapy and therapy does not have to be hard. Therapy is a process just like anything else and it can be a fun process.

Why/how can people benefit from therapy?

Therapy helps people learn new perspectives to symptoms or problems. It also helps let people talk to someone who is nonjudgmental and objective. Therapy provides support when it does not feel like there is support elsewhere.

What is something you’d like clients to know about you (or how you work)?

I work hard for my clients, if I do not have a solution to a problem, I will tell you and will also seek the solution.

What does success in therapy look like to you?

Success is when someone has improved on their symptoms.  When they have learned, and practice coping skills and they do it without therapist prompting.

What are your thoughts about the “stigma” of therapy?

Stigma about therapy is very frustrating. Therapy is no different than going to the doctor for high blood pressure of diabetes, which is what I tell people who need therapy and are hesitant.

Populations:

Kids (5+), Tweens, Teens,Young Adults, Adults, Couples & Families

Treatment Modalities:

  • Behavior Counseling
  • Breath work
  • Coaching, Cognitive Therapy Behavior (CBT)
  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
  • Creative Expression
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Existential Therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Person-Centered Therapy
  • Play Therapy
  • Psychoeducation
  • Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT)
  • Sport Psychology
  • Strength-Based Therapy
  • Trauma Informed Care
  • Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

Professional Specializations

  • Addiction and Codependency
  • Anxiety
  • Bullying
  • Coping skills
  • Depression
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Empowerment-Based
  • Grief and loss
  • Meditation
  • Mind-Body Connection
  • Mindfulness
  • Nutrition
  • OCD
  • Parenting
  • Relationships
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harming and Suicidal Ideation
  • Social Skills
  • Stress
  • Substance Abuse
  • Trauma
  • Work/Life balance

Background

Elizabeth (Betsy) Sparks is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) who obtained her master’s degree in Counseling from Spring Arbor University. Betsy is also certified in substance abuse treatment and carries a Certified Advanced Addiction and Drug Counselor (CAADC) Certification through the state of Michigan. Betsy has been providing mental health treatment since 2007 in several different settings. Betsy has clinical experience working with severely and persistently mentally ill adults, children at risk for out-of-home placement, adults and children in crisis situations, inmates with sex offences, and inmates struggling with substance use issues. Betsy also supervises Limited Licensed Professional Counselors to help them obtain their full licenses.

WHERE TO FIND US IN SALINE

We are located on Saline's Northeast side, off of Industrial Drive, close to Campus Parkway. Our office is located across the street from Saline High School in the Wood Duck Business Park Association.
You will immediately turn left into the parking lot and we are located at the very end of the building, Unit 1. There is free parking in the lot in front of our entrance.
Please come on in, take a seat in the waiting room and your therapist will be out to greet you at the time of your appointment.