Eileen Beyer Curry,
Certified Addictions Counselor-Diplomate
Dr. Beyer Curry has worked as a licensed psychologist since 2002. She received her Doctorate of Psychology degree from Immaculata University in 1998 and completed her predoctoral internship at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia in the prior year. Her doctorate education was completed while working as as an addiction counselor and clinical administrator at the University of Pennsylvania. She became a Certified Addiction Counselor in 1993. Dr. Beyer Curry began her Master of Human Relations degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1987 while working as an addiction counselor for US Army soldiers in Baumholder, Germany. She completed her Master's degree in 1990 while continuing to work as an addiction counselor for the Philadelphia Veterans Administration Hospital. Though a native of Bucks County, Dr. Beyer Curry formerly resided in Reading from 1980 through 1985 while earning her Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry from Albright College.
Dr. Beyer Curry has worked as a therapist since 1986. She began her private practice in general psychology in March of 2004 after having worked as a licensed psychologist for Berks Psychological Services outpatient practice during the prior year. From 1998 through 2001 Dr. Beyer Curry was the Director of Women's Services for the Caron Foundation. During this time, she provided clinical supervision and training to Caron staff on developing a more women sensitive approach to addiction treatment. She also developed and facilitated progressive programming targeting the needs of female patients. During this time, she gained extensive clinical experience in working with adolescent and adult females with addiction issues and co-occuring mental illness. She spoke as an expert at conferences examining co-occuring issues of addicted women such as eating disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, domestic violence, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
During her service as Clinical Coordinator for the University of Pennsylvania Treatment Research Center from 1990 through 1997, Dr. Beyer Curry learned the importance of integrating the latest treatment research findings into her clinical work. She provided the therapy to addiction patients participating in medication and therapy research protocols. It was during this time that she completed her dissertation examining how a history of childhood attention deficit disorder effected the neuropsychological functioning of cocaine addicts in early recovery.
Dr. Beyer Curry has written professional articles and numerous patient education materials. In 2002, she published the second edition of the book "Managing the Dually Diagnosed Patient: Current Issues and Clinical Approaches" which she co-edited with Dr. David O'Connell. In this book, she wrote a chapter examining the need to develop specialized approaches to treat addicted women and outlined the most progressive approaches which addressed their unique biopsychosocial needs. She also co-authored with Karen Carnabucci a chapter on group therapy with addicted women which was published in the 2002 edition of "The Handbook of Addiction Treatment for Women" by Staussner and Brown.
With a positive and encouraging demeanor, Dr. Beyer Curry offers a flexible and individualized style of treatment that incorporates elements from psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, motivational interviewing, and solution-focused approaches. She is known for easily developing meaningful therapeutic alliances with new clients. Dr. Beyer Curry regularly uses appropriate humor to lighten the mood in a session. She strongly believes that it is very important for a therapist to provide clients with useful knowledge about their issues and assist them to enhance their coping skills to better cope with the stressors in their lives. At the end of each session, she usually challenges her client to do some type of therapeutic work on their own to solidify their gains and continue growth in between sessions. She believes that perhaps the most important role of a therapist is to inspire hope: hope in understanding, hope in working through, and hope in change.
Though having extensive knowledge and experience in the field of addiction treatment, Dr. Beyer Curry's outpatient practice has been of a more general nature. She has successfully incorporated her knowledge and experience with dual-diagnoses (addiction and mental illness) to the more varied presenting problems in a private practice setting. Through professional collaboration and continuing education, she remains committed to enhancing her specialty knowledge in the areas of expertise listed below.
- Addictive disorders
- Co-Occurring Addictions and mental illness
- Post-Traummatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Couples counseling
- Couples conflict-resolution
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