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About

Beth DiBiase

Having trained in social work and psychoanalytic psychotherapy, I have specialized for over 15 years in working with individuals and families living with chronic and serious illness and am a Multiple Sclerosis Certified Specialist (MSCS).

 

After practicing in oncology social work, I created the social work department for the International Multiple Sclerosis Management Practice (IMSMP) in New York City.  As the Director of Social Work at the IMSMP for 13 years, I counseled people living with MS, treated them in individual psychotherapy and support groups, and worked with their families, caregivers, and health care providers.  This rich experience has given me a deep and nuanced understanding of what it means to live with illness.

​I have provided professional presentations, both locally and nationally, at patient and professional conferences in the multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's, rehabilitation and psychotherapy fields on living and coping with chronic and severe illness.

 

​My postgraduate training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy adds an additional level of understanding of the psychological patterns that contribute to a person's ability to cope with and adapt to life's challenges, including, but not limited to, physical illness.  While one of my specialties is living with illness, my practice is not limited to this and I also offer general psychotherapy.

Columbia University School of Social Work

Master of Science with a Concentration in Health, Mental Health and Disabilities

New York School for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis (NYSPP)

Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the States of New Jersey and New York

Credentials
Presentations Given

Psychotherapy with People with Chronic and Severe Illness and Disabilities

Essex County Psychotherapists Network, Montclair, NJ

December 2017

 

Building Resiliency in Multiple Sclerosis: A Wellness Model

National Multiple Sclerosis Society at Kershaw Commons, Freehold, NJ

September 2017

A Caregiver's Approach

Multiple Sclerosis Research Center of New York Patient Symposium, New York, NY

October 2014

Suicide in the Multiple Sclerosis Patient

Multiple Sclerosis Research Center of New York Grand Rounds, New York, NY

June 2013

The Psychological Impacts of Living with a Chronic Illness

American Parkinson's Disease Association Young Onset Conference, Cincinnati, OH

November 2012

Psychotherapy with People with Chronic Illness and Disabilities

New York School for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, New York, NY

January 2012

Communication: You and Your Family

American Parkinson's Disease Association Young Onset Conference, Des Moines, IA

June 2011

The Psychological Impacts of Chronic Disease

American Parkinson's Disease Association Young Onset Conference, Des Moines, IA

June 2011

Social Work with Multiple Sclerosis Patients

St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center Social Work Grand Rounds, New York, NY
May 2011

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy in Social Work

University of Southern California School of Social Work, Los Angeles, CA

November 2010

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and Its Use in Multiple Sclerosis Care

Multiple Sclerosis Research Center of New York Grand Rounds, New York, NY

June 2010

Coping with Multiple Sclerosis: From Isolation to Connection

Multiple Sclerosis Research Center of New York Patient Symposium, New York, NY

November 2009

Psychotherapy in the Multidisciplinary Treatment of Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis Research Center of New York Grand Rounds, New York, NY

January 2009

Coping with Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis Research Center of New York Patient Symposium, New York, NY

June 2005

Professional Affiliations

Member, American Association of Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work

2004 - Present

 

Member, Board of the New York School for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis

2010 - 2015

President, Society for the New York School for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis

2009 - 2010