KaRon Spriggs-Bethea, MSW, LSW offers counseling to individuals, couples, and families. Throughout his experience, KaRon has been able to offer support to clients in areas ranging from depression, anxiety, LGBTQIA+ population (including gender identity issues and expression), and substance use.
As a therapist, KaRon looks to be patient, empathetic and easy to talk to. KaRon likes to create a supportive and nurturing environment to help clients feel comfortable while working together and creating a safe space for the client to open up. Building trusting relationships and witnessing breakthroughs is something that makes this work very rewarding. KaRon utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Solution focused therapy to name a few forms of therapy.
Education & Experience
KaRon earned his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology from Washington and Jefferson College in 2014. He always knew that he wanted to be in the helping profession in some capacity. He decided to enroll in the Masters of Social Work program at the University of Pittsburgh. During his studies, KaRon took interest in mental health and the intersection of social work at law. This led him to completing internships at both the Federal Public Defenders office in Pittsburgh and Torrance State Hospital. With these experiences, KaRon was able to build the confidence and skills he possess to work with clients with a diverse background.
In addition to his clinical work, KaRon has worked in the medical field as a medical social worker. This has provided him with some insight into some of the terms and experiences that people may have with the medical field. This has also given him the opportunity to work specifically with people with substance use related experiences. KaRon is passionate about helping clients work through that substance use and seeing them thrive. In addition to the medical work and substance use work, KaRon has worked with individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism with doing in-home/in the community care.
Hobbies & Interests
In his free time, KaRon likes to spend time with his Pittsburgh family and friends and travel to Harrisburg to see his family whenever possible. KaRon also enjoys the arts. He likes to attend plays and musicals when possible as well as creating his own art. KaRon believes that art is a way to decompress and de-stress. KaRon also likes to read and stay up to date on what is happening within the field to make sure that he is providing the best possible care to his clients.
KaRon uses this quote to help clients through their sessions: “The secret to change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new” – Dan Millman. This is part of the experiences that we have in life and how we want to look to the future while makes those changes to the past.
African American LGBTQ+ Mental Health Course (2 CEUs)
KaRon is teaching African American LGBTQ+ Mental Health which will be conducted through the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work on 5/13/22 from 12-2pm. This is a virtual course and participants will receive 2 CEUs.
This course is designed to discuss the barriers and benefits of mental health care in marginalized communities, specifically LGBTQ+ and African American Communities. It will look at the two populations separately and then how the two intersect. This course will include some interactivity utilizing videos and group response questions.
Registration is open. Sign up for African American LGBTQ+ Mental Health.