About Mind Body Seven
Mind Body Seven is a mental health and wellness practice in Brooklyn founded by Dr. Beata (Bay-ata) Lewis, focused on an integrated, mind-body approach to mental health and wellness.
Dr. Lewis’ connection to integrative medicine started early. Growing up in rural Poland, she watched family members use centuries-old herbal and food-based remedies to treat body and mind together—demonstrating the profound connection between the two.
Throughout her career, Dr. Lewis has sought to honor that connection between mind and body. She earned her MD from Harvard Medical School, studying adult psychiatry at Columbia University and child psychiatry at the NYU Child Study Center.
She also trained with holistic medicine practitioners in India and studied with Dr. Herbert Benson, the pioneering founder of the Mind / Body Medical Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital. During this time, Dr. Lewis enhanced her expertise as an MD with extensive training in yoga, mindfulness, and a diverse range of mind-body therapies.
When Dr. Lewis opened her Brooklyn mental health clinic, her goal was to build a practice that incorporated psychotherapy, integrative psychopharmacology, mind-body medicine, acupuncture, biofeedback, and nutrition to the benefit of her patients.
Slowly, she began adding other practitioners to the practice—like-minded professionals with deep training in both Western medicine and alternative disciplines.
Today, the Mind Body Seven team includes psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, psychotherapists and psychologists, and acupuncturists—all collaborating on patient care, and sharing a integrated approach to mental wellness.
“We’re committed not just to treating a single symptom with a single medication, but addressing the root cause of illness,” says Dr. Lewis. “Even small shifts in areas of lifestyle, work, nutrition, exercise, sleep, and mindset can have a huge impact on mental health.”
PRINCIPLES THAT GUIDE YOUR CARE
Optimal Emotional and Physical Health
The goal of care is for you to achieve optimal health and your highest level of functioning, in all aspects of your life.
Attention to the Whole Person
We address all the unique things that make you you—your mind, body, spirit, and the environment and social context in which you live.
Acceptance and Care
We know that kindness, grace, empathy and understanding are powerful healers. We accept and meet you wherever you are on your journey
Science and research evidence guide both your initial diagnostic evaluation and the ongoing care that we provide you.
We work with you not only to treat illness and crisis situations, but to prevent them before they occur. We empower you with the tools you need to achieve and maintain optimal health.
The Self-Healing Ability
An essential element of treatment is helping you to identify and strengthen your own self-healing abilities and the innate drive towards optimal well-being and function.
We have expertise in conventional and alternative modalities, and an open-minded approach to a wide variety of treatments and healing traditions. This enables us to tailor a treatment plan to fit your needs. We use the precisely the treatment—or combination of treatments—that will help you the most and bring you the fewest side effects.
Patient Centered Care
We are committed to recognizing your unique experience and circumstances, and to providing care that respects your individuality.
Relationship Centered Care
We believe that the ideal patient – provider relationship is a partnership, where we work with you together as teammates toward your goals. We know that a relationship based on respect and the recognition of your autonomy, values and needs has the potential to be immensely healing and transformative.
Teaching By Example
We place high value on nurturing our own wellness, wholeness, and growth. This allows us to be more present, authentic, and knowledgeable as we accompany you on your journey to your own optimal wellness.
All life experiences are profound learning opportunities and we all continue to grow and develop throughout our lives. We honor and respect your unique path of growth and development.
Adults, adolescents and children recover and grown within a network of social supports and various care providers. We aim to support your network and facilitate collaboration and shared responsibility for your recovery and wellness.