Reimel Beth, Ph.D.
6504 28th St SE
Q1 Lower Level
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Beth Reimel, Ph.D.
Dr. Reimel earned her MSW from Washington University and her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. She was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from the National Institute of Mental Health. In addition, Dr. Reimel has had postgraduate training in individual, couple and family therapy at Georgetown University and the Institute of Contextual Therapy. She has also trained under the direction of Ivan Boszormenyi-Nagy, M.D. In Switzerland.
In addition to private practice, Dr. Reimel has been the head of a counseling department, a clinical instructor in a department of psychiatry, and stress manager for a hospital as well as on the graduate social work faculty of two universities.
Her interest in loss and grief counseling resulted in assisting to organize and in-home hospice program. Dr. Reimel currently maintains a private practice and offers counseling as well as psychotherapy for individuals, families and groups of all kinds.
Individual Counseling & Therapy Services
Depression ranges from mild to severe in nature, creating both lethargy and a sense of hopelessness. Psychotherapy can be the first step in alleviating depression and its symptoms-before referral for medication. By learning new skills one can overcome their feelings of futility and hopelessness and move beyond depression.
Anxiety can be constant, can come and go, or, as in the case of panic attacks, can appear "out of the blue". It is often scary and, at times, debilitating. Exploring and helping an individual confront the fears which underlie their anxiety is crucial in anxiety reduction. Through understanding and new behaviors, psychotherapy puts the person rather than anxiety in charge.
Stress comes from many sources-job, family, personal crisis, relationships, extended grief and or illness, and can influence one's ability to function in the areas most important to them. Prolonged stress has many damaging results. Mild short term stress may be motivating but chronic, ongoing stress puts one at risk in every area of their life, including health. Recognizing how stress manifests itself and how to alleviate it, gives a person the ability to make the necessary changes.
Unmourned grief from loss through death, on anything significant to one's sense of well being, has serious negative impact on one's functioning. Grief counseling is offered on a short term basis as well as long-term when one is overwhelmed with relentless sorrow. Sometimes the loss may have occurred years ago but is still interfering with one's life. Grief counseling opens the way to relief from unpleasant and painful feelings and helps give a sense of freedom to enjoy life again.
Past trauma often interferes with present functioning. Through psychotherapy a person can gain awareness of the impact and develop strategies for accessing inner resources. This then allows them to move through the "blocks" created by the trauma.
Studies indicate that without understanding one's expectations and behavioral patterns in a marriage ending in divorce, these same patterns will be replicated in one's next relationship. Counseling helps the person constructively mourn the end of the marriage, change self-defeating ways of relating, and helps prevent anger from being expressed to one's ex-spouse through their children. Being able to forgive one self and one's ex-spouse for the divorce is an important outcome of divorce counseling.
Groups & Workshops
Work related issues
Communicating with your teenager
Reducing psychological barriers to spirituality
Other topics as requested
Counseling Couples & Families
"All families have problems at one time or another...".
Understanding relationships and learning how to constructively handle conflicts are two critical areas of focus in Dr. Beth Reimel's therapy with couples and families.
The goal in couples and family therapy is for each member to feel good about themselves so they can relate comfortably with their partner and or family. Therapy provides an opportunity for exploration of expectations, beliefs, roles, and resources.
Impact of dual careers
Inability to communicate
Blocks hindering relationships
Events that prevent family cohesion
Chronic illness within the family
Academic / school performance
Tragic family experiences
Clinical Social Worker