People are often surprised to learn that I wasn’t always a therapist. In fact, I began my career in human resources amid the hustle and bustle of a major Wall Street corporation. I started out as a recruiter and, after several promotions, became the manager of human resources. My experience on Wall Street helped me understand the stresses and pressures that employees face every day. It also gave me a personal perspective on the challenges and rewards of working in large organizations. I now use these skills to help clients who are facing challenges in the workplace, as well as young people who struggle with the rigor and anxieties of college life.

I eventually left the corporate world behind and devoted myself entirely to psychology. I worked in a mental health clinic where I supported patients suffering from severe mental health conditions. This was invaluable, as it exposed me to an array of illnesses and diagnoses, including everything from anxiety disorders and ADHD, to schizophrenia and mood disorders. I also worked as a high school social worker where I led support groups and counseled adolescents and their families on a variety of issues, including substance abuse, bullying and suicide prevention.

Over the years I’ve developed specialties in anxiety, depression and mood disorders. I also work with families and caregivers of individuals who are suffering from chronic illness, mental illness or substance abuse. As a therapist, I provide a wealth of knowledge and personal experience. I am insightful, empathetic, supportive and responsive to each person’s unique situation. I utilize an integrative approach and will tailor your treatment plan to meet your individual needs.

Every person has unique struggles and challenges, whether he or she is suffering from depression, anxiety or some other condition. Regardless of what your situation might be, I’m here to guide you toward the growth and change you are looking for. With the guidance and support of a trained therapist, you can make positive changes to your thoughts, emotions, behaviors and interactions with others. You can gain a deeper understanding of yourself and learn new ways of approaching the world, ultimately gaining greater peace, happiness and fulfillment.

Patricia Beller is a New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 15 years experience working in school and mental health settings. Patricia received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Rutgers University and a Masters of Social Work from Adelphi University’s School of Social Work. Patricia has specialized training in CBT, and has received a postgraduate certificate in Fundamentals of Cognitive Therapy (CBT) from Adelphi University. Patricia is also an Employee Assistance Program provider. She is a member of the National Associations of Social Workers (NASW), the International OCD Foundation and the Postpartum Resource Center of New York.

Patricia Beller, LCSW Receives 2020 Best of Smithtown Award