As one of our licensed therapists for the Charlotte Residential Treatment program, Beth Altmix has long days but is motivated by her inspiration for working with kids and finding joy in what she does. Read about why she is a part of Alexander Youth Network and what advice she has for younger therapists.
What is your background in mental or behavioral health?
I have worked in the mental health field for 17 years with 16 of those years working with children and adolescents. I started my career out as a case manager and worked my way up to the therapist. I have been with Alexander for the past three years.
Who has been your inspiration for your career?
Honestly, my inspiration for why I do what I do is my son, Jordan. He was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at the age of 6 and took us on a journey through the world of Autism.
What has been your most rewarding experience at Alexander?
I just enjoy working with kids. I have really enjoyed doing the art group with the kids on Wednesday nights.
Fun fact: Beth is actually the mastermind behind many of the fun arts and craft sessions we post on social media. Almost all of her sessions provide the kids with an outlet to express their feelings and personalities in new ways which helps them process past experiences.
What is your favorite thing about working at Alexander?
My co-workers and teammates, including “partner in crime”, Jackie Davis, who works as the case manager for most of my clients.
What advice would you give your younger self?
The advice I would give a younger therapist would be to try and stay organized! I say try because it is a difficult thing to do sometimes. Also, don’t take anything personally. People that hurt do not always know what to do with their hurt.
Personally, my advice would be to take care of yourself. Find what brings you joy and do that.
Beth is originally from Hannibal, Missouri, home to Mark Twain. She enjoys diamond painting, running, kickboxing, and relaxing on her porch with her two Westies.