#BTGP Personal development coach has 30 years psychotherapy experience at Youthline

'Pain is pain. Whether the knife gets stabbed into your thigh 1cm, 1 inch or to the bone, it's gonna hurt. And it needs the same healing to fix it' - Amanda Betts. 

When you’re dealing with youth, particularly pained, at-risk and vulnerable youth, you seriously need to know your engagement and sustainability stuff. We appreciate most young people hate the mere thought of therapy, yet therapy is the only way to truly heal. The good news is therapy’s come a long way since the perceptions of crying into your tissues in a sterile environment, moaning about your parents and being forced to recall, rehash or regurgitate your childhood. Healing actually comes in many forms: sports, music, dancing, art, culture and acting. And therapy.

Allow us to introduce you to BETH, one of #BTGP’s personal development coaches and improvisation tutors.

WHAT DO YOU DO? I’ve been a Youthline psychotherapist for 30 years, and work in a range of roles at Youthline, Ponsonby. I run my psychotherapy and counselling practice there with adolescents and adults, as well as running training and personal development programs, I’m a program developer and provide professional supervision. 


WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO SUPPORT #BTGP? Well, Amanda basically! I find her positivity, energy and genuine passion to make a difference quite contagious... and this is an exciting and challenging project that will really change things. I just had a strong sense of "This is a great thing to be involved in". I’m also really looking forward to working with other like-minded people and sharing our inspiration, energy and support to do an amazing job on this project.


WHAT INSPIRES YOU? The idea of everyone living lives that satisfy them and lives where they feel worthwhile. 


WHAT’S THE WORST ADVICE YOU’VE EVER BEEN GIVEN? ‘You only ever regret the things you don't do, trust me’. 




WHAT'S THE LAST BOOK YOU READ? I’ve been browsing a number of books including Margaret Bowater's 'Dreams and Visions' as a number of my clients are having interesting dreams that we’re working with to understand. 


WHO ARE YOUR HEROES/WHO DO YOU LOOK UP TO? Actually, I often motivate myself by thinking of all those people who have NOT got to do amazing things with their lives - those limited by their lack of resources, lack of support and encouragement; those belonging to minority, those held up through physical health or mental health issues or by histories of abuse or neglect




WHAT DO YOU DO FOR BTGP? I trained Amanda in Youthline’s GROUP DYNAMICS workshop where Amanda appreciated my knowledge, experience and approach so much, she asked me to work with her and young people on #BTGP.


Through my extensive experience at Youthline, in psychotherapy, counselling and personal development, Amanda and I are running ‘FRESH START’ youth development programs. I’m working with young people on improvisation, acting and personal development - helping them build strong, supportive skills in communication and self-awareness to maximise their potential, while she’ll be hosting a support group for mums as they share insights, stories and challenges young people and parents face. It’s a brilliant initiative, because where do mums go when they want to know the real deal on what happens for teens and how to help them help themselves?