Betty Wittels,MS, NCC, LPC

Betty Wittels,MS, NCC, LPC

Telehealth Available
Professions: Marriage & Family Therapist, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Professional Counselor
Secondary Credential: National Certified Counselor - 15301
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • American Behavioral
  • Anthem
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
  • Carebridge EAP
  • ComPsych
  • ENI EAP Provider
  • HealthNet
  • Humana
  • IBH
  • McLaughlin Young Group
  • Meritain Health
  • Mines and Associates
  • Prime Health Services, Inc
  • The Holman Group
  • Tricare
  • Tricare West
Fees: $125-$200 per hour fee for non-insurance clients.
For insurance companies of which I am not a provider: I can provide documentation and a SuperBill for you to submit for "out of network" provider coverage with me. After the deductible is met, which is usually $300-$3000 per year, the co-pay is generally lower than for in network coverage. With a few insurance companies there is no difference in coverage.
*** Several companies like BCBS, CIGNA, and HUMANA DO WAIVE DEDUCTIBLE FOR BEHAVIORAL HEALTH. SO EVEN IF MEDICAL DEDUCTIBLE IS $3,000, there is only a session co-pay. Call and ask as it may not state so on insurance card, or even the website.
**** No matter what state BCBS insurance is from I can accept it and process via Arizona.
Free Initial Phone Consultation
Evening Availability


356 E Kelso Street
Tucson, Arizona 85705

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My Approach to Helping

As a psychotherapist for 4 decades, I recognize how vital it is to honor each client as an individual and to show that client how to recognize and reveal thoughts and emotions. Clear communication with others is essential. Feelings and events impact us in such drastic ways. Knowledge of the "pause" and respect towards destiny are essential. I include and invite any immediate or non family members who are intricately involved in the client's life. Transparency, negotiation, and acceptance are key therapeutic words. One's reaction to life events is a choice. Whether in the mind, emotions, or spirit, everything is possible.

I work with children over the of age 8, or younger if the issues are related to other family members ie. Discipline. The populations I serve are: children, adolescent, family, and marital counseling. Some specialty issues I help are grief and sorrow, disability, sexuality, and the connection between physical and mental health. Ie. Diabetes can be spurred on by sorrow. Therapy modalities that I use include Gestalt, Adlerian, EMDR, Christian, Hypnosis, and Family Systems Therapy. I, also, give homework, whether behavioral, written, or reading assignments, that a client can do outside the session. In my experience mere talk is not enough and the client needs to practice and experience changes outside the therapy session.

Because I feel a therapist should not interfere but enhance an individual or family's life I am willing to schedule extended hours: weekday afternoon and evening, plus some Saturday morning appointments. For no additional charge. Good thing I am a night owl!
I do 'in person' therapy. I only do Telehealth when my client is already established in therapy with me and is out of town or ill. I do not believe deep issues or complex techniques can be effective in any way but in person. Being a solo practitioner my work was not diminished by the pandemic so it might be necessary to make an appointment a few weeks in advance.
I, also, am available to all my clients on an emergency basis.

More Info About My Practice

I have a free standing office built next to my home in central Tucson near the University with easy access to the I10 freeway. Clients may drive from Vail, Sahuarita, Marana, Catalina, and Oro Valley and arrive in between 20-30 minutes. Some even travel from Nogales, Phoenix, or Sierra Vista. I do weekday afternoon evening appointments and some Saturday mornings. Clients may contact me by phone or e-mail in order to discuss initial therapy issues and arrange an appointment. Most referrals and clients begin sessions for a minimum of 1 to 2 times per week or more frequently if it is an urgent. Clients know that I can be reached by phone if urgent or may see me for an urgent session within 24 hours. Sessions are 45-50 min. in length. Longer sessions of 60 min. or more are available depending upon the situation and the client.
I am available for appointments from approximately 10 AM in the morning to 8 PM during the weekdays. I can schedule Saturday appointments, as well. My goal is to not interfere in the client's work schedule or home environment. That would just be creating an more chaos!

I am bilingual in Spanish. Most clients just need to bring their insurance card and co-payment for the initial visit. I accept cash, money order, or personal check. And yes, I can accept HSA, credit, debit cards with the Square card reader!

My fee is based on insurance or self pay. I accept most insurances. If I am not a contracted provider with a particular insurance company most insurances do pay for out of network therapists, as well.

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

Adolescent, Family and Marital Conflict, Grief Therapy, Communication Skills, Spirituality, and Sexuality. See my website for specific details regarding office atmosphere, my philosophy, and how I approach particular issues with my 40 years of experience in psychotherapy. Website:

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English
  • Spanish

Groups I Work With

    Hispanic, Native American
    I work with a variety of diverse populations since I worked in the Caribbean and have traveled throughout the world.

Industries & Communities Served

  • Education
  • First Responder/Medical Professionals
  • Military/Law Enforcement
  • Professional Sports
  • Self-Employed and Freelance Professionals

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Adoption / Reunion Issues
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • Cancer
  • Career Choice
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Control Issues
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Disability
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Identity Issues
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Internet Addiction
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Learning Difficulties
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Men's Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Oppositional and Defiant Behavior in Children and Teen
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Phobias
  • Physical Abuse
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Religious Issues
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Sexuality / Sex Therapy
  • Shame
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Suspiciousness / Paranoia
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

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