Expert Profile - Beth Lorell
Beth Lorell, LCSW, MPH
Beth Lorell’s Bio:
Beth Lorell, LCSW, MPH is a therapist and mental health consultant. She has been practicing social work for more than 20 years in clinical, administrative and leadership positions. Beth also has a master’s degree in public health. She currently runs a private practice for older teens and adults struggling with anxiety, depression and trauma. She offers specialized therapy for athletes. Beth advises organizations on strengthening infrastructure to support mental health and well-being in the workplace.
What life events or challenges that you’ve experienced (could be minor, could be major) – whether you’ve experienced them directly or via someone close to you, have had any type of impact on your desire to pursue a career in psychology?
As a shy little girl, I spent much of my time listening and observing. I had a strong sense of curiosity and compassion for people’s stories. At age seven, I witnessed a boy “in distress” kicking and screaming while being carried by his arms and legs into a hospital. Although I did not know the circumstances, I remember feeling horrified to see such a person suffering. To this day, I can picture the scene and see his young face. This experience sparked my pursuit to ease the pain of others.
How did those events impact you emotionally/morally? How, if at all did those events impact the way you view how our current system teaches us to treat patients with mental health challenges?
I did not have the language to describe my emotions at the time, but I now know that seeing the boy in distress was a traumatic experience that tapped into my empathy. It influenced my desire to guide people through their struggles and help them live their most fulfilling lives utilizing compassionate & integrative care.
When and why did you decide to actually focus on practicing Integrative Psychology, specifically, and how was your decision shaped by the experiences above?
My practice of integrative psychotherapy was not a decision, it was an evolution. I encountered an eclectic group of supervisors and colleagues throughout my training and early years as a clinical social worker. These relationships shaped my perspective and guided my development as an integrative therapist who recognizes the whole person and values the interplay between mind, body and spirit.
What methods or practices do you utilize to help individuals get/feel better?
I use evidence-based practices to help people with anxiety, depression and trauma: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Mindfulness. I educate people on the mind-body connection and focus on awareness, acceptance, compassion, perspective and choice.
How did people react when you share this Integrative/Holistic approach with them – whether it be patients or other doctors?
People are enthusiastic about integrative psychotherapy and appreciate this holistic approach. The practice of integrative care empowers people with knowledge and instills hope.
Organization: Beth Lorell, LCSW, MPH
Location: Manhasset, NY, 11030
Address: 444 Community Drive, Suite 207
Tel: (917) 449-8128
Fax: (516) 234-7836