Beth Shapiro, PhD, MSSA, LISW-S, Clinical Social Worker 


EMDR Certified Therapist




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Collaboration, Compassion, Connection 

When you or someone you love needs help dealing with trauma, grief, adjustment & mood disorders, or other related issues, get in touch with Beth Shapiro, PhD, MSSA, LISW-S in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.


As a licensed independent social worker and an Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) certified therapist, Dr. Shapiro has a strong understanding of mental health & medical issues and has core values that draw from trauma-informed care as well as humanistic and strengths-based approaches in counseling individuals, couples, and families. She utilizes the following therapeutic modalities in her work:

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  • Acceptance Therapy
  • Client-Centered Therapies
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Compassionate Bereavement Care
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • EMDR
  • Existential, Humanistic, and Transpersonal Psychology
  • Grief Therapy
  • Intersubjectivity
  • Mindfulness
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Problem-Solving Techniques
  • Psychodynamic Therapies
  • Solution-Focused Therapy
  • Stress Reduction
  • Trauma-Informed Care 

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Dr. Shapiro has a special interest in working with trauma and traumatic grief, LGBTQ+ issues, Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD/PTSD), general grief and loss, adjustment and mood disorders, end-of-life issues, family and relationship issues (including polyamory family systems), and life transitions.


Dr. Shapiro also works with people dealing with pet loss. She believes pets are an integral part of our lives. Their companionship and unconditional love are gifts unlike what we get from one another as human beings. Special arrangements can be made for a client's companion animal, or other pets, to be present during sessions (based on client comfort).

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Dr. Shapiro practices as a clinical social worker but also has her PhD in psychology. As a clinical social worker, she has a strong understanding of medical and mental health issues, hospice settings, and healthcare settings. She has used her degree in psychology in an academic form to hone her knowledge of human behavior and therapeutic interventions.


She approaches therapeutic work as a humanistic practitioner, believing that the connection and relationship between people are profound. 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 that challenge us.

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We all bring uniqueness into 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.


For Dr. Shapiro, it is an honor to journey with another human being on the path to self-discovery. 

Get in touch with her to schedule an appointment.

Educational Background and Credentials

  • PhD in Psychology - Saybrook University
  • MSSA - Mandel School of Applied Social Science/CWRU
  • BS in Biology - Cleveland State University

  • EMDR Certified Therapist
  • Certification in Advanced Practice in End-of-Life Care - Smith College
  • Certification in Compassionate Bereavement Care® Certification - MISS Foundation

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