Hi. I'm Dr. Beth Shapiro and I want to welcome you to my website! I am honored that you have taken time to visit.
I practice as a clinical social worker, but also have my PhD in psychology. As a clinical social worker, I have extensive training and experience in mental health and health care settings. I have used my degree in psychology in an academic form to hone my knowledge of human behavior and therapeutic interventions.
I approach therapeutic work as a humanistic practitioner, believing that the connection and relationship between people is sacred. It is this connection that enables the therapeutic work to take shape and be meaningful. There are lessons to be learned from all interactions, those good, and even those which challenge us. We all bring uniqueness into each and every relationship. Many times, we spend our precious lives judging and criticizing ourselves, instead of celebrating who we are. Learning to value ourselves and that uniqueness can be hard work, but the rewards of self-discovery abound. I would welcome the opportunity to journey with you on the path of healing.
Even though there have been many advances in the recognition of the importance of taking care of our mental wellbeing, there continues to be stigma associated with pursuing treatment for adjustment issues, depression and anxiety disorders, etc. You can commend yourself for your courage to focus on your self-care and improve your quality of life. Oftentimes, people put the needs of others before their own. Realize that you are worth the investment in yourself. While the journey to self-discovery can be hard work, there is tremendous reward available.
The human-animal bond has been shown to be profoundly therapeutic. I welcome my clients to bring their animal companions with them to our sessions to help foster a sense of emotional safety and comfort as we journey on the path of self-discovery. At other times, I may have one of my furry "therapist" companions in the therapeutic setting if it is okay with clients. My practice is a home-like environment complete with water bowl, dog biscuits, a cat tree and litter box. "There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face."--Ben Williams
"Life starts at the end of your comfort zone." –ND Walsch