Beth Grosshans

Dr. Beth Grosshans - Educator, Therapist, and Author

Over the course of her career, licensed clinical psychologist Dr. Beth Grosshans has earned recognition as an expert in child development, psychotherapy, and mental health assessment. She has maintained a thriving private practice in New Jersey since 1994, during which time she has also earned the trust of the community as a consultant to area educators and school staff on a variety of issues related to children's mental and emotional well-being. A presenter and leader of seminars and training initiatives for teachers, Dr. Beth Grosshans served as an instructor in the Princeton Montessori School's teacher education program.

Dr. Beth Grosshans holds both a master of arts and a doctorate of philosophy in psychology from The Ohio State University. The focus of both her masters thesis and doctoral dissertation was the psychiatric symptoms of children following the loss of a parent. She completed clinical practica at Harding Hospital, the Children's Hospital Pediatric Psychology Department, and the Ohio State University Child Guidance Center. Following her academic preparation at OSU, she was a predoctoral intern at Boston Children's Hospital and clinical fellow at Harvard Medical School's Department of Psychiatry. In addition to being an accomplished clinician and teacher, Dr. Grosshans now stands out as a published author of a parenting text titled Beyond Time Out: From Chaos to Calm.

Signs of Anxiety in Children

Now retired from her private practice, Dr. Beth Grosshans is a licensed clinical psychologist with more than 20 years of professional experience. Dr. Beth Grosshans focused her career on child psychology and in 2008 wrote the parenting book Beyond Time Out: From Chaos to Calm, in which she stresses that problems such as childhood anxiety often stem from children having more power in the home than the parents.

There are several types of anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder. When children experience significant distress over certain situations, and it appears to occur more often and more intensely as compared to their peers, an anxiety disorder is a real possibility.

Common symptoms include excessive worrying over “what if” situations, worrying about things that will happen far in the future, and constantly asking for reassurance from parents. Some children cry or get angry when faced with a distressing situation, while others may experience physical problems such as headaches and stomachaches. Children with anxiety disorders may also display perfectionistic tendencies, becoming self-critical and taking on more responsibility than appropriate for their age. Avoidance is another red flag, and this can be seen in a refusal to do normal, everyday tasks such as eating meals or going to school.

Working with a qualified mental health professional and incorporating new parenting strategies can help reduce feelings of anxiety in children and restore more balance to the family home.

Metropolitan Opera Creates Unique Opportunities for Youth

Beth Grosshans is an author and retired clinical child psychologist. Additionally, Beth Grosshans serves as a member of the New York Metropolitan Opera Advisory Board.

The Metropolitan Opera hosts a variety of singers, composers, musicians, choreographers and dancers who travel from international locations to perform there. Its youth programs cater to helping young performers begin their careers. For example, the children’s chorus, open to children ages 7 to 10, allows participants to audition for a Met production and to be part of its Operatic Music Appreciation Program.

Children’s chorus classes take place twice each week, and participants are separated into three groupings: beginner, intermediate and advanced. Children who are selected to perform in a Met production are expected to commit to the full schedule of costume fittings, performances and rehearsals.

The Met also helps young artists through its Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. Participants are selected after an application process and are given a training position for a year. Singers are eligible for annual renewal for as many as three years, while pianists may renew for up to two years. Among the areas of specialized training are language, movement, music, and dramatic coaching.

Planned Parenthood's Commitment to Breast Health

Outside of her responsibilities as a parenting book author and speaker, retired clinical psychologist Beth Grosshans, PhD, provides support for Planned Parenthood. Thanks to supporters like Dr. Beth Grosshans, Planned Parenthood provides a variety of women’s health services, including breath exams.

Breast cancer affects more than 12 percent of all women at some point in their lives, and while risks go up as women get older, it can affect women of any age. To combat this common disease, Planned Parenthood performs hundreds of thousands of breast cancer screenings yearly and provides referrals to other facilities for mammograms.

Tailoring its services to those who rely on it most, Planned Parenthood offers several educational resources designed for young women, a group that makes up 94 percent of the patients it serves. In addition, Planned Parenthood doctors and nurses use special training tools to develop a better understanding of breast cancer risk, including the unique risk-assessment needs of women under 40.