Acceptance of who we are and vision of who we can become are available… if we face our shortcomings and learn something positive from them.
Dr. Beth Cujé, LPC, LMFT
ABOUT DR. BETH: It’s fair to say I’ve been around for a while. For almost thirty years I’ve been in private practice as a counselor/marriage and family therapist, and loving it! Between 1980 and 1991, in addition to my private practice as a psychotherapist, I had the privilege of teaching and supervising graduate students at The George Washington University as part-time faculty.
In 1991, I left the university to devote myself to my demanding psychotherapy practice and to writing. The product? My unique self-help approach to psychotherapy and my book, Become the Person You Were Meant to Be – The Choice-Cube Method: Step by Step to Choice and Change. Blogging is also a passion of mine.(My blogs are archived on my Home Page.)
It took a lot of work, but I have both a Doctoral Degree and a Masters Degree in Counseling and Human Development from The George Washington University. A bit of an overachiever, I was seventeen when I started at Georgetown University and graduated three years later with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Languages (French, German, and Italian) and Linguistics.
My work-life has never been boring. Actually I love working, And today, as I mentioned, after more than thirty years I'm still in private practice as a marriage and family therapist, professional counselor, and state approved supervisor of counselors.
The ladder of life that brought me to counseling has lots of different rungs. Starting with selling retail at sixteen; I went on to modeling; tried to be a secretary but failed miserably; taught English, French, and German to junior high and high school students; was a New York City church, synagogue, and opera singer; a "home-engineer" and single mom raising two teen-age sons; a trainer and consultant in both private industry and various government agencies including the State Department, the Department of the Navy, and the Central Intelligence Agency.
Life has been a rich background of learning, teaching, and counseling, that along with my own struggles and life problems led me to conceive and develop the Choice-Cube Method. This approach to choice and change continues to evolve as a system for coping effectively with life in the moment and for making long term-changes that last. One of the Method's many strengths is that it can be used anywhere, anytime for immediate change and relief as well as for making changes.
Presenting to my professional organizations, as well as doing workshops, has been very fulfilling for me. I've presented papers at theAmerican Counseling Association, Virginia Mental Health Counselors Association, Christian Association for Psychological Studies, and U.S. Association of Body Psychotherapists.
A Plenary Speaker for the Virginia Humanities Conference, I have also given talks at the Northern Virginia Re-Entry Women's Employment Center Conference and have been a spokesperson for the Northern Virginia Mental Health Association. Regarding the Choice-Cube Method, I have presented numerous workshops in both secular and Christian settings.
Belonging to a variety of professional organization is expensive but practical and sometimes helpful. Some of these organizations are: the American Psychological Association (APA), the American Counseling Association (ACA), the Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS), the U.S. Association of Body Psychotherapists (USABP), and the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), where I am a Clinical Member. Certifications don't hurt either so I have certification from the The National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC), Whew.
On a very personal note, around age sixteen, I fell in love with classical music and began studying voice, singing art songs and opera. When my husband and I moved to NYC so he could go to Juilliard School of Music, I began singing around the City, performing at such places as The New School and Town Hall, Steinway Hall, as well as various churches and synagogues. My last public concert, in 1971 at Carnegie Recital Hall, featured works by Verdi, Brahms, Schubert, and Poulenc.
That all seems long ago. But honestly, what I am doing now is so fulfilling, I don't look back... Well, maybe a little, from time to time. My two sons, a lovely daughter-in-law and three young adult grandchildren, plus an ever deepening relationship with God, and work that I enjoy fill up my life. I am blessed.