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About Bethany

Bethany L. Ackerman is the owner and counselor of Enlightening Hope Counseling, LLC.  Bethany is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the State of Pennsylvania. Bethany received her Ph.D. from Duquesne University in Counselor Education and Supervision (2018), her Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from Chatham College (2006), and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Chatham College (2005).  

Bethany has worked in a variety of mental health settings throughout her career including community mental health, drug and alcohol clinics, and private practice.  Bethany has extensive experience working with children and adults with a wide range of mental health disorders.  Bethany has experience working with many mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and personality disorders.  Bethany also has several years of experience working with individuals with drug and alcohol addictions, including those who use medication-assisted therapies.  

Bethany uses a variety of therapeutic modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Person Centered Therapy to meet the needs of her clients.   Bethany uses a trauma informed approach.   She offers a faith-based counseling approach upon request.  Bethany strongly believes all mental health concerns can be overcome and she is passionate about instilling hope in her patients and empowering them to achieve their full potential.  She believes all people can engage their talents and abilities to have a full and enriching life. Bethany creates a safe, supportive, and hopeful environment for her clients in which they can explore their concerns and empower them to make positive life changes. 

Bethany also enjoys educating and mentoring counselors-in-training and supervises counselors in training who are seeking their PA Professional Counselor License (LPC).  In her spare time Bethany enjoys going to the theater, going to sporting events, volunteering, running 5Ks and half marathons, and spending time with her family.   She is the mother of an active teenage son. 

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About EHC

Enlightening Hope Counseling was founded in 2023 by Bethany Ackerman, Ph.D, LPC.  After several years of working in the counseling field, Bethany had a desire to open a practice that would empower clients to reach their full potential, provide hope, and be compassionate and respectful to all individuals. 

The EHC butterfly logo represents hope and new life.  The logo is a reminder that no matter what you are going through, there is ALWAYS HOPE!  

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