I do not believe in taking a cookie-cutter approach to treatment. My style is integrative, meaning I use more than one type of theory and intervention. I make it a point to tailor my approach to your individual needs and presenting concerns.

My graduate school education included training in Adlerian theory, which is also known as “individual psychology.” My educational and clinical training also emphasized Cognitive-Behavioral theories, existential, and systems theories.

I am trained and certified in the Chronic Pain Self-Management Program (CDSMP), Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), mind-body interventions, and mindfulness meditation.  I believe that human beings are holistic and therefore, our mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual functioning are richly interconnected.

My philosophy is based in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), a theoretical framework that incorporates acceptance and mindfulness techniques with scientifically-supported behavioral change strategies.  ACT includes the understanding that life inevitably will involve pain, whether physical, emotional, or otherwise.  If a person can learn to accept the pain that cannot be avoided, they become empowered to live a rich, full, and meaningful life.  The goal of ACT is to have clients experience the world more directly so that their behavior is more flexible, and thus their actions can be more consistent with the values that they hold.  The more I’ve learned about ACT, the more I have found that it aligns with my understanding of the world, as a psychologist and human being.

Given this framework, I maintain a regular meditation practice through many different activities. I find it important to stay connected with my internal experiences, to better understand the world around me and to work effectively with my clients.  Practicing mindfulness helps me to continuously grow, both personally and professionally.  I am deeply committed to my work and passionate about helping people find greater fulfillment and joy in life.

If you are interested in setting up an initial appointment, please contact me by e-mail: drpaulafreedman@gmail.com

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