Dr. Becky Beaton is the Founder Director of The Knowledge Tree. She is a Licensed Psychologist and a Licensed Professional Counselor, and she's been practicing since 1991. Her areas of expertise include stress management, anxiety disorders, mind/body health, obsessive compulsive disorder, hoarding disorder, supervision, and hypnotherapy. She sees individual clients, but her primary focus is on mentoring other clinicians and teaching workshops and webinars.
Dr. Beaton is passionate about psychological ethics and helping therapists grow their practices grounded in ethics and integrity while also creating a personally and professionally fulfilling career. She has founded several for-profit therapy organizations as well as co-founded the non-profit organization "OCD Georgia," the Georgia affiliate of the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation. She runs seven different consultation groups for building private and group practices and teaches related workshops. Dr. Beaton has also been on the Georgia Psychological Association's (GPA) Ethics Committee since 2010 and Ethics Chair for GPA since 2014. Additionally, she was the Ethics Chair for the Licensed Professional Counselor's Association of Georgia (LPCA-GA) for two years and has taught numerous ethics workshops over the past 18 years.
Related to her interest in ethics and practice development, Dr. Beaton has written a multitude of practice forms to assist clinicians in creating their ideal private practice while also addressing essential ethical requirements. Click here for more information on Dr. Beaton's "Practice Smart Forms."
Additionally, you may have seen Dr. Beaton on the hit series "Hoarding: Buried Alive" where she appeared on over 60 episodes as the treating psychologist. She has made many other TV appearances on such shows as Good Morning America, The Anderson Cooper Show, CNN, and several other venues discussing her areas of expertise.
Continuing Education and Other Workshops
Over the past decade, The Anxiety & Stress Management Institute (ASMI) has emerged as one of the leading providers of continuing education (CE) workshops for mental health professionals in Georgia and the Southeast. Dr. Beaton began this program in 2004 and continues to be CE Director. Additionally, she teaches several continuing education workshops herself for ASMI as well as other organizations. The workshops Dr. Beaton enjoys teaching include her Hypnotherapy Certification Course, The Ethics of TeleMental Health, The Business Side of Therapy: Maintaining Ethical and Legal Standards While Managing a Practice, The Ethics of Sex, Lies, and Technology, Understanding and Treating Hoarding Disorder, Mind/Body Health, The ICD-10/DSM-5: What You Need to Know. (Please see our Workshops page to learn more). Dr. Beaton is known for her unusual combination of being extremely knowledgeable & scientific yet down-to-earth & easy to understand, while also being playful and humorous.
Training and Professional Experience
Dr. Becky Beaton did her undergraduate work at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her doctoral degree is in Counseling Psychology from Georgia State University. She is a Licensed Psychologist (#2789), a Licensed Professional Counselor (#2564), a Nationally Board Certified Counselor (#41067), and a Certified Professional Counselors Supervisor (#16). She is also a Nationally Board Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist (N.B.C.C.H. #2202) and has been awarded a Diplomat in Clinical Hypnotherapy.
Dr. Beaton has provided psychotherapy for adults and adolescents in a variety of settings since 1991. These settings included: The Anxiety Disorders Institute of Atlanta, the University of Georgia and Georgia State University Counseling Centers, Georgia Baptist Hospital (Stress Management for Physician's Program), Grady Memorial Hospital (Rape Crisis Center), the Atlanta Center for Eating Disorders, and Lockheed Aeronautical System's Employee Assistance Program. She has also been an adjunct professor in the Department of Counseling and Psychological Services at Georgia State University and she's currently an adjunct professor at Emory University.
Additionally, Dr. Beaton was awarded the Georgia Counselor Educator of the Year Award from the Licensed Professional Counselor's Association of Georgia (LPCA) in 2005 and the Lifetime Achievement Award from LPCA in 2015. She was also named a Fellow by the Georgia Psychological Association in 2013 and a Diplomat by the National Board of Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists in 2009.
Dr. Becky Beaton is licensed in the State of Georgia as both a Psychologist (License # PSY002789) and a Licensed Professional Counselor (License # LPC002564).