Who I Am and What I Do

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My name is David Neale-Lorello and I am a psychologist.  I love what I do and this is a place where I get to talk about it.

Clinical Perspective
To my mind, the relationship between a psychologist and client is the single most important aspect of effective psychotherapy.  It is within the safe space that is co-created over the course of our work together that allows for the understanding, insight, and action that produce change.  As a client grows and begins to more effectively address the dissatisfying parts of her or his life, more confidence is created, allowing him or her to push further, to take on greater challenges, deeper issues, in an expanding circle of increasing ability and widening horizons.

From a technical viewpoint, my therapeutic style pulls from many different perspectives.  I strive to integrate, in a structured, meaningful, and empirically sound way, a wide range of clinical theories, including cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, humanistic, family systems, and mindfulness-based orientations.  In my work with clients, the unique interpersonal style, concerns, and goals of each individual are the primary aspects from which I determine what approaches are likely to be most effective.  My experience is that no single perspective has all the answers and that each offers different strengths:  I take a “right tool for the job” approach to every individual I see.

Finally, along with having a general psychotherapy practice, I specialize in working with artists and creative persons of all stripes.  Read more about this here.

Personal Background
I have been interested in how human beings think and experience the world since my youth.  I was exposed relatively early in life to Eastern philosophy and remain guided by Buddhist values.  Although psychology as such has been an area of interest since high school, I became a psychologist later in life, taking “the scenic route” across a range of other career paths.  Previously, I have worked professionally as a classically-trained musician, a breadmaker and pastry cook; I have rebuilt antique player pianos for a living and had a successful practice as a licensed massage therapist; I have helped manage a Wall Street business consulting firm and taught college classes and informal workshops.  These experiences and others help me to appreciate the many different backgrounds and perspectives of the people who work with me.  In fact, I consider it one of the greatest privileges of being a psychologist to have the opportunity to see, every day in my office, the kaleidoscope of human experience as expressed by each unique person sitting across from me.

Let’s explore your world together.

Professional Background
I am a licensed psychologist practicing in the Greater Baltimore Area.  I received my undergraduate degree in psychology, with a minor in philosophy and graduating summa cum laude, from Hunter College in New York City.  My master’s and doctoral work were completed at American University in Washington, DC, with research focusing on self-regulation, mindfulness, meditation, and stress.  I have been licensed in the state of Maryland since 2014.

I have specialized training in:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Grief and loss
  • Major life transitions
  • Mindfulness and mindfulness-based approaches to mental health
  • Substance abuse and addiction
  • LGBTQ issues
  • Integration of psychotherapeutic methods
  • Issues particular to creative persons

I am a member of these professional organizations:

  • American Psychological Association
  • Maryland Psychological Association
  • Society for the Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts
  • Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration

Current Practice
Currently, I have hours available Tuesdays through Saturdays at my Towson, MD office.  I currently accept Blue Cross/Blue Shield/CareFirst insurance.  For patients for whom I am out of network, my rate is $150 for a standard 55-minute session, although many of my patients can get reimbursement from their third party payors using the treatment information I provide in my receipts and statements.  To schedule, you can reach me at (443) 563-1292 or by email at davidnealelorello@dnlpsychology.com.


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