Beth Friedman, LCSW, MPH

Manhattan Therapist

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.

A lifelong New Yorker, I have 20+ years of experience as a psychotherapist. I provide an atmosphere that is collaborative, non-judgmental and supportive. I have training in chronic illness and wellness, focusing on the mind-body connection to help you replace negative thoughts with healthy ones as you find more balance, empowerment and stress reduction. I offer specifically tailored techniques for reducing anxiety and increasing feelings of happiness and fulfillment. Over the years, I have built a network of resources and specialists to help individuals, couples and families thrive. With particular specialization in relationship counseling, I work with couples to build communication and find more satisfaction together. I also have extensive experience helping people cope with illness, life transitions, caregiver stress and loss.

My work focuses on the following areas:

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Couple's Therapy, Relationship Issues and Sexuality

  • Mindfulness, Relaxation Techniques, Hypnotherapy, Tapping 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

Professional Experience:

  • CancerCare - Supervising Clinician, 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/HIV Unit

  • ORBIS International - Nonprofit International Health Organization dedicated to fighting blindness worldwide

  • New York University Medical Center - Blood Donor and Transfusion Services

Additional Background:

  • Clinical Fellow and Supervisor for the Post-Masters Advanced Training Certificate Program for End-of-Life Care,
    Smith College School for Social Work, Center for Innovative Practice

  • 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

  • Volunteer Trauma Therapist for 9/11 survivors and bereaved

  • Certified Crisis Counselor, HELPLINE

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

  • Narrative Therapy Through the Use of Family Photographs

  • Online Communication and Utilizing Technology Therapeutically

  • Understanding Internet Safety, Bullying and Cyber-Bullying

Speaking engagements and workshops have been conducted in a variety of settings, including:

National and International Conferences and Panel Discussions, Social Service Organizations, New York City Schools, Health Clubs and Spas, Doctor's Offices, and Hospitals.