Timara Betts, MSW, LCSW
Timara Betts is a Trauma Informed Licensed Clinical Social Worker whose aim is to support others to build upon their strengths, to gain satisfaction within their authentic selves, nurture positive relationships and achieve personal goals.
Timara is a dedicated therapist who appreciates collaborating with clients to provide a safe space while making continuous strides to break the stigma around mental health. Through collaboration, she assists clients in developing positive coping skills through identification of their individual strengths to help increase awareness of their true sense of self. As a therapist, she leans on a strengths-based, trauma-focused approach to embody alignment with every unique therapeutic alliance. She specializes in Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Theraplay to help address concerns that include but are not limited to depression, stress management, grief and loss, anxiety, complex trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, and self-esteem.
In addition to private practice, Timara is also a Developmental/Infant Mental Health Specialist where she advocates for positive parent-child relationships and the well-being of children who have experienced trauma and are participants within the child welfare system. Prior to private practice, she developed and facilitated a program for students to receive on site counseling through the Sustainable Community Schools grant at a local Chicago Public School grade school while partnering with other community agencies. Additionally, she has trained other professionals through presentations, learning circles and supervision.
Timara is a recent published author of a gratitude journal. Her several years of professional experience with youth, families, and professionals has strengthened her passion to empower seekers who are on a path to increased self-discovery as each stage in human development can lead us to closer to self-actualization.
Timara completed her bachelor’s degree at Illinois State University in Family & Consumer Sciences with a concentration in Family Relationships and master’s degree at Governor’s State University in Social Work while obtaining a certification in Mindfulness in the Helping Professions. She loves to try new things, participating in crafts, and spending time with her family (including husband, children, and extended family) and friends.