About Dr. Lou Bevilacqua
Dr. Lou Bevilacqua is the founder and President of Sanare Today. He has been a practicing clinician since 1989. Dr. Lou has worked in community mental health, schools, juvenile detention centers, psychiatric hospitals, large group practices and in private practice. He has developed multiple programs serving children, adolescents and adults. He is trained in cognitive-behavioral therapy and received his doctorate from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Lou’s latest book, “When you can’t snap out of it: Finding your way through depression” is available through amazon.com. You can visit his website at drlouonline.com. After many years of helping other companies develop and implement programs, Dr. Lou decided to create Sanare Today. Sanare means ‘to heal’ in Italian. Dr. Lou believes very strongly in the healing power of psychotherapy. He also believes in assessing and treating the whole person. Therefore, he looks beyond the depression, anxiety and addiction issues most individuals present with and also explores the physical, social and spiritual health of individuals. This view and approach is integral to the services provided by all staff within Sanare Today. Dr. Lou and the staff at Sanare Today are passionate about helping people learn to thrive.
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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!!
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.