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ABOUT DR. LOU

Hello:

Thanks for visiting my website. I hope you will find it useful.

You can contact me via email at dr.bevilacqua@verizon.net. You can also call me at 484-678-0525.

As part of my background, I’d like to tell you a bit about me as a person. First and foremost I am married for 25+ years to my best friend and love of my life. I am also a father of three beautiful daughters. When I am not at work I enjoy spending time as a family playing soccer, card games or watching sports and movies. Ok so my wife isn’t so much into the sports watching but my girls are:)

Secondly, I am passionate about my work. I have worked with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families since the late 80’s. I love what I do. I love to see people learn how to reach their goals of emotional wellness and health. Most of of my week is spent meeting with individuals who are struggling with depression and/or anxiety. There are many contributing reasons for their struggles. What I have learned from my education, research and mostly from the individuals I work with is that focusing on what you can control is the key to feeling better. In school I learned about cognitive therapy and how thoughts are essential in the development of our feelings. How we perceive and interpret situations, people and life in general influences how we feel. When the people I work with learn to challenge and develop thoughts and behaviors that reinforce feeling good, their life improves. Although this sounds simple, doing it is another story. If you want to learn more about how to manage and even overcome emotional struggles, I would encourage you to check out my latest book, “When You Can’t Snap Out of It: Finding Your Way Through Depression”. It is a small paperback that is easy reading with tons of tips on how to deal with many of the symptoms most people with depression can experience.

If you would like to hear more about my professional background continue reading below. Thanks again for visiting!!

Regards,

Dr. Lou


I am a clinical psychologist licensed in Pennsylvania.

My education includes:

• B.A. in Psychology – Shippensburg University in 1987
• M.Ed. in Community Counseling – Lehigh University in 1989
• Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology – Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) in 2000. I was part of the first graduating class to receive a doctorate in clinical psychology from PCOM under the direction of Arthur Freeman, Ed.D., ABPP, who is one of the world’s leading authorities of CBT.

My specialty is in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and the treatment of depression, anxiety, self-injurious behaviors, sexual abuse/assault trauma and relationship conflicts.

I have written several professional books and one self-help book. I enjoy professional and community speaking on a variety of topics. For more than a decade I was the Clinical Director of The Light Program (TLP), which is a Mental Health Intensive Outpatient Program servicing adolescents, adults as well as specialty programming for individuals with eating disorders. I have worked in school settings, juvenile detention centers,and have been the director of Partial Hospital Programs and In-home Family Based Programs. I have worked with individuals struggling in poverty as well as those who are extremely wealthy. I have learned over the years that mental health and substance abuse problems affect every population. Over 50% of the individuals I have worked with struggle with both mental health issues and substance use.

In addition to therapy services, I also see individuals for personal life coaching, consultative/diagnostic evaluations, ADHD evaluations, and for individuals looking for a 2nd opinion regarding diagnosis or treatment planning options.


Books

Bevilacqua, L. J. (2011). When You Can’t Snap Out of It: Finding Your Way Through Depression. Mustang, OK: Tate Publishing. ISBN 978-1617777721

In When You Can’t Snap Out of It: Finding Your Way Through Depression Dr. Bevilacqua identifies the most common symptoms of depression and describes clear and practical guidelines on what works. The strategies described are based in the theory of cognitive therapy, which is one of the most effective forms of treating depression. Reading the stories of individuals describing what its like to be depressed, will help you develop hope and realize that you are not alone. This is also available in an audio CD format.

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Bevilacqua, L. J. and Dattilio, F. M. (2010). Family Therapy Homework Planner – Second Edition. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. ISBN 978-0-470-50439-0 ) First edition available in Chinese, Korean & Farsi).

This second edition provides 78 ready-to-copy assignments consistent with evidenced based therapies and grouped according to presenting problem. The assignments cover the most frequently encountered problems by families in therapy such as family-of-origin, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, trauma, divorce and separation, parenting conflicts and more. Included is a CD-ROM containing all the exercises in a word-processing-format so that you can customize them to fit you and your clients’ needs.

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Bevilacqua, L. J. (2002). Group Therapy Homework Planner. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. ISBN 978-0471418221

This homework planner provides 79 ready-to-use exercises covering the most common issues faced in group therapy such as behavioral problems, anxiety, bulimia, chemical dependence, depression, anger, grief, sexual and physical traumas, chronic pain and more. All exercises are keyed to the behaviorally based presenting problems from the Group Treatment Planner.

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Dattilio, F. M., and Bevilacqua, L. J. (Eds.). (2000). Comparative Treatments for Relationship Dysfunction. New York: Springer. ISBN 0-8261-1276-5*

– Reprinted by Free Association Books, Ltd. (2000). London, UK.

ISBN 1- 85343-5201

** Book Translation: Psicoterapia di coppia: Modelli a conronto

(2001). Milano: McGraw-Hill. ISBN 88 386 27517 (Italian).

This volume presents 18 different treatment modalities for the same case, demonstrating a rich variety of interventions available for treating relationship problems. Treatment approaches are divided into psychoanalytic, cognitive-behavioral and integrative therapies. This is an ideal text for students who want to prepare for licensure or professional counselors and therapists who want to improve their practice with couples. It is also well suited for teaching courses on comparative therapies.

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