About Us

Meet Beth Burkstrand-Reid,
JD, MSW, LICSW

Brite is led by Beth Burkstrand-Reid, who has provided mental health services in a wide variety of settings, including community mental health, public schools, and private practice. Her clinical experience includes treating mood and anxiety disorders, personality disorders, substance use, schizophrenia spectrum, and trauma in both individual and group settings.

Beth has a special interest in helping individuals develop skills to reduce anxiety and stress. She also frequently serves as a therapist to other therapists and provides peer consultation on ethics and treatment planning.

Beth is a former litigator and a law professor. She is a widely published expert in gender and reproductive rights law. Although she relished litigating sex-based discrimination cases, her true joy was providing counsel to the fierce advocates she taught and worked with. This led her to pursue a second career as a therapist.

As a social worker, she has a special place in her heart for supporting lawyers, therapists, activists, and all those who seek to improve the lives of others. Her unique combination of law and social work skills allows her to address the mental health impact of systemic and individualized discrimination as well as reproductive health issues, including infertility, pregnancy, and abortion.

Beth has a Master of Social Work from the University of Nebraska-Omaha, a Juris Doctor from American University Washington College of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts from Emory University.

She is married and has two daughters (and a fabulous retired Greyhound). She lives in Maine and often visits her home state of Nebraska.

About Brite Counseling

Brite Counseling provides solution-focused and evidence-based strategies for improving mental well-being. Straight talk with a healthy dose of laughter (and probably a bit of irreverence) is our style. Our clients tend to be strong, motivated individuals who are often change-makers and justice-seekers in their friendships, families, workplaces, and communities.

We believe that life does not have to be perfect to be great–and that by understanding themselves (and learning a few new mental health skills) people can increase the joy in their lives.

Brite provides individual therapy services to residents of Maine, Nebraska, and Minnesota and offers mental health-related speaking and training for organizations nationwide.

Brite supports anti-racist, LGBTQIA+, and reproductive justice communities.

Services at Brite

Traditional Therapy

Traditional therapy is weekly or biweekly individual work with a therapist. Get to know yourself better. Identify and understand patterns (the good and the bad) that impact you. Learn skills needed to maximize your ability to live your life with more balance.

Time-Limited Therapy

You don’t have to solve every problem in your life to feel better in a meaningful way. Want to address a specific issue or goal or develop a set of skills? Time-limited therapy (sometimes also called intensive therapy) may be for you.

Therapy and Consultation for Therapists

Therapists are the ultimate change-makers and Brite is here for you. A significant percentage of Brite clients are therapists themselves. Beth approaches therapy for therapists from a whole-person perspective, working to help therapists align their many roles (and address their unique stressors). Beth also provides ethics and treatment planning consultation for peers.

Speaking and Training for Organizations

Brite helps groups large and small build mentally healthy cultures. Beth provides speaking and training services on a variety of mental health topics such as stress management, positive communication, and the impact of trauma on individuals. She focuses on making the experience enjoyable – and actually usable – for her audiences.