Dr. Bethany Klim is a licensed clinical psychologist in the states of Wisconsin and Alabama and has years of experience working with Veterans, Active Duty members, and dependent family members. Dr. Klim is a combat veteran of the US Air Force and US Army. She joined the Air Force following high school to follow in family tradition. She completed her undergraduate and Master’s degree while active duty stationed in California.
She left the Air Force to accept a Healthcare Professional School Program Scholarship with the Army to complete her doctorate. She obtained several degrees; most notably she graduated with honors from Chapman University with a B.A. in Social Science with and a minor in History. She holds a Master’s and Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology in Sacramento, CA and completed her pre-doctoral internship with the Army at Walter Reed Medical Center, Washington D.C. . She is near completion in postdoctoral graduate program for clinical psychopharmacology from Fairleigh Dickerson University.
Dr. Klim expedited her training and licensure to accept appointment as the 1st Infantry Division Behavioral Health Officer and deploy to support the onset of Operation New Dawn in Iraq. Dr. Klim continued to work expeditiously with Soldiers and spearheaded the development of the Embedded Behavioral Health initiative in the Northwest Tricare region. Following her active duty service she transferred to the Veterans Administration back in her home state of Wisconsin.
To date, Dr. Klim completed a little over 17 years of federal service. During her time at the VA, Dr. Klim saw the difficulties many Veterans had navigating the Mental Health system. She held a unique insight being both a provider and Veteran transitioning from her active duty career. Eventually she left the VA, determined to start her own private practice in hopes to provide care where traditional Mental Health services failed. In particular she set out to reduce barriers to care unique to rural areas (such as, indictment weather and lack of transportation or childcare). Dr. Klim has worked in a variety of different settings to include inpatient, outpatient, Emergency Departments, Primary Care Clinics, hospitals, field clinics, in-home or workplace care, telehealth, and now online.
Dr. Klim is a well-rounded clinician providing treatment for all types of difficulties that include trauma, depression, anxiety, bipolar, schizophrenia, personality disorders, marital therapy, parenting problems, and adjustment issues. She also completes psychological, cognitive, disability, and forensic assessments/evaluations. She is trained in several Evidence-based treatments (EBTs) for PTSD including, Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and Prolonged Exposure (PE).
To say Dr. Klim really enjoys working with the Veteran and Active Duty population is an understatement, rather she considers it an honor. She is excited at the chance to help patients by offering etherapy, which offers the potential to reach a wider range of patients.