Manhattan Therapist, Beth Friedman, LCSW, MPHHeadshot
Thank you for the opportunity to share my background with you. It takes courage to reach out to a professional therapist, and you’ve already taken the first step. I welcome your call to discuss any questions about your interest in therapy.

I have been working with individuals, couples and groups for over 20 years. With a dual master’s degree in social work and public health from Columbia University, I combine my skills in mental health and physical wellness to help with self-exploration, empowerment and stress reduction. I offer specifically tailored techniques for reducing anxiety and increasing feelings of happiness and fulfillment. As a born and bred New Yorker, I have a wealth of knowledge about resources and specialists to help individuals, couples or families thrive. I have particular specialization in relationship counseling, helping couples find improved communication and empathy together. I also have extensive experience helping people cope with illness, caregiver stress and loss.

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My work focuses on the following areas:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Couple’s Therapy, Relationship Issues and Sexuality
  • Hypnotherapy, Mindfulness, Relaxation Techniques and the Mind-Body Connection
  • Creative Expression and Overcoming Procrastination
  • Life Transitions
  • Grief, Loss and Bereavement
  • Coping with Illness
  • Parenting and Family Issues
  • Professional Supervision and Consultation

Educational Background:

  • Columbia University, Master of Social Work, Health/Mental Health Clinical Field of Practice
  • Columbia University, Master of Public Health, Division of Population and Family Health
  • Duke University, Bachelor of Arts

Previous Professional Experience:
CancerCare

  • Supervising Clinician at CancerCare, a national, nonprofit social service organization
  • Staff Supervisor and Field Instructor
  • Program Director of Online Services
  • Program Coordinator of Advocacy and Survivorship

Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center

  • In-Patient and Out-Patient Psychosocial Services, AIDS Unit

ORBIS International

  • Nonprofit International Health Organization dedicated to fighting blindness worldwide

New York University Medical Center

  • Blood Donor and Transfusion Services

Additional Background:

  • Smith College School for Social Work, Center for Innovative Practice: Clinical Fellow, Supervisor for the Post-Masters Advanced Training Certificate Program for End-of-Life Care
  • Volunteer Trauma Therapist for 9/11 survivors and bereaved
  • Recipient of the Mae L. Wien Memorial Prize for Outstanding Competence in the Field of Family Planning, Counseling and Population Control, Columbia University School of Social Work.
  • HELPLINE, Certified Crisis Counselor

Professional Memberships:

  • National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
  • Private Practice Section of NASW
  • Association of Oncology Social Workers
  • Association of Pediatric Oncology Social Workers
  • New Yorkers for Accessible Healthcare
  • American Cancer Society Prostate Cancer Advocacy Committee
  • Patient Advocates in Research
  • American Public Health Association
  • International Society for Mental Health Online

Publications, Speaking Engagements and Support Group Facilitation on Selected Topics, Such As:

  • Health and Emotional Wellness
  • Coping with Chronic Illness
  • Improving Communication for Couples
  • Parenting and Family Issues
  • Grief, Bereavement and Loss
  • Online Communication and Utilizing Technology Therapeutically
  • Understanding Internet Safety, Bullying and Cyberbullying

Speaking engagements and workshops have been conducted in a variety of settings, including:
National Professional Conferences and Panel Discussions, National Teleconferences, Social Service Organizations, New York City Schools, Health Clubs and Spas, Doctor’s Offices, and Hospitals.