Meet Your Therapist

Betsy Frederickson


Professional Affiliations:

  • National Association of Social Work (NASW)
  • Positive Discipline
  • Supervisor Roundtable
  • Psychology Today

Betsy Fredrickson, LCSW

I have lived in Austin, Texas since 2001 and have worked with children, adolescents and families as a clinical social worker for almost 20 years.  I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the State of Texas and am a Board approved Clinical Supervisor.  I received my Masters in Social Work from St. Louis University.

Being in Private Practice in Austin, Texas since 2009 has allowed me to focus my work primarily with teens.  I was drawn to this population because of the transitional nature of this stage of development.  They are not yet adults but having to navigate a world where their choices can impact them into adulthood.  I love working with parents too and developed this love after becoming a parent myself.  I enjoy seeing the growth of families as they work together and develop their full potential.

Prior to starting my private practice, I was the guidance counselor at St. Michael’s Catholic Academy in Austin, Texas for six years.  At St. Michael’s, I worked collaboratively with students who were struggling with challenges such as:

  • Poor academic performance
  • Social pressures/friendship
  • ADHD
  • Depression/Anxiety

Prior to moving to Austin, Texas, I worked for Johns Hopkins in the Community Psychiatry division where I supervised mobile treatment therapists and also worked in a school setting in the inner city.    The children and adolescents were primarily at risk of psychiatric hospitalization due to overwhelming life situations and mental health problems.  I provided:

  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Family therapy

My approach to therapy is:

  • Collaborative
  • Straightforward
  • Lighthearted

Making sure that confidentiality is maintained at the highest level.  Having a wide breadth of experience has shaped me into the person I am today and has given me the empathy and passion to help others help themselves.  I am confident that working together will get the positive results any family desires.  I hope to have the opportunity to work with your family.

Why Choose Betsy


Do you want a therapist who “gets” teens?

  • She specializes in working with teens.
  • She loves this age group.
  • She can easily engage “difficult” teens.

Do you want to improve your connection with your teen?

  • Do you need support communicating with your teen?
  • Do you need reassurance your teen will be ok?
  • Do you need someone to listen to you?

Do you think you want to come to therapy?

  • Do you need support because you are feeling anxious or depressed?
  • Have your grades dropped and you are worried about them?
  • Are you feeling like you don’t have any friends?