Everyone needs a teammate.

June 17, 2020

Everyone needs a teammate. Helen Keller once said, “alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” We all have so much to do, we wear multiple hats, and have long lists of goals. It’s hard to balance physical, mental, academic, spiritual, and emotional wellbeing on our own, having a teammate can help you increase your overall wellbeing and help you grow into the person you want to be on your journey.

Geoffrey Beene, LLMSW is a therapist at the BRAINS Adult & Adolescent Clinic and has two important philosophies about therapy.

​1. Finding Help on the Journey

Most of us don’t think of our mental health as a journey. But I do! On this journey of life, we find ourselves twisting and turning and dealing with both expected and unexpected challenges. We deal with internal stress, anxiety, trauma, and depression, and still find ways to maintain friendships, family relationships, and jobs along the way. We do not always seek support on the journey and find ourselves wanting to give up and lose hope. I can help you with those challenges and provide you with the necessary tools you’ll need to face life’s challenges.

2. The Team of Me.

Like a journey, life can go in different directions, and investing in your support system is important to your mental health. Sometimes we get discouraged when we see people who appear to have life figured out. We question, “How do they do it?” They usually have a healthy support system in place to help balance their life. Who is on your team? Who are you missing from your team? It is important to recognize how valuable it can be to have a support system for your mental health. Having a support system can bring a better understanding to how your brain and body affect your everyday life. I would be honored to partner with you on your journey through life, together, we can identify goals to guide you and strengthen your support system.

About Your Teammate: Geoffrey Beene, LLMSW is a clinically training and limited licensed social worker at the BRAINS Adult & Adolescent Clinic. He enjoys working with patients ranging from ages 13 to 45 years old. As a therapist, he supports his clients by identifying barriers and roadblocks and finding ways to navigate and balance strong emotions and symptoms. Using a holistic approach, Geoffrey partners with his clients to develop a plan to cope with the journey of life. He utilizes the strengths perspective to empower patients to work through their goals, this approach helps with building an autonomous and healthy therapeutic relationship.

Prior to joining BRAINS, Geoffrey conducted therapy in community-based settings, providing case management and support in both inpatient and outpatient settings, and spent time working with youth transitioning to adulthood in residential environments. In addition to counseling and community work, Geoffrey teaches psychology and social work courses at local institutes of higher education. Geoffrey was born and raised in the Grand Rapids area and enjoys spending time with his family, exercising, traveling, and fishing.