Family Systems Medicine Consulting
Ms. Begel has been a welcome addition to our faculty, broadening the focus of our residents and students from the biology and treatment of disease to the complex interplay of illness, emotion and effective communication in establishing therapeutic healing relationships. She ably gives our trainees the freedom to safely explore their actions and reactions to challenging patients in order to develop effective interpersonal and professional skills."
Andrew C. Yacht, MD, MSc, FACP, Former Vice Chair & Program Director, Director, Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, Maimonides Medical Center
30 years experience
Amy Begel, LCSW, LMFT is a family therapist with nearly thirty years experience teaching resident physicians in the primary care setting. She specializes in family systems medicine, which refers to the interplay between relational dynamics, health and illness. This means helping physicians understand the way a patient's well-being is embedded in family relational patterns. Physicians also develop a wider range of interpersonal skills which enhances the therapeutic impact in the doctor/patient relationship.
FROM DR. BEN KLIGER:
“Amy Begel is brilliant! Her insight into the central role of the family system in our patient's experience of illness and disease unfailingly provides a new way to look at difficult situations and a new set of ideas and skills to bring to bear on behalf of our patients. Over and over again our residents and fellows comment on how eye-opening the perspective Amy brings to her teaching is for them, and how profoundly it has changed their way of looking at their patients. Having now collaborated with Amy for several years in our teaching program, I have trouble imagining how we can could possibly teach medicine effectively without incorporating the family systems perspective with her help."
Benjamin Kligler, M.D., M.P.H. Former Vice Chair and Research Director Beth Israel Department of Integrative Medicine Continuum Center for Health and Healing