Scott Friedman, Psy.D.
I believe that relationships with others is most important to us. In addition to therapy helping with symptoms and problems in living, it also encourages us to learn more about ourselves. To the degree that we know ourselves, our relationships with others can be enhanced. I am committed to doing my best to understand your concerns and to collaborate with you on the goals that you have to make your life better. My therapy work focuses on helping clients to better understand themselves and their relationships; as well as to develop skills to better cope with the difficulties we all face when challenged by stress and life issues. I have learned a good deal from my clients about how to be a better therapist. My work is primarily with adolescents, adults, couples, and families. I also administer psychological testing to help assess clients’ emotional functioning to help our collaboration about therapy issues, needs and goals.
I am Dr. Scott Friedman, a licensed psychologist practicing at Focus Forward Counseling and Consulting. I received my Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in 1983 from Hahnemann University, an academic health sciences center. I also have a Diplomate in Clinical Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology, a distinction for proving a high level of professional services. I primarily work from an interpersonal-psychodynamic framework, helping individuals, couples, and families with relationship issues as well as symptoms and life issues. Interpersonal-psychodynamic therapy teaches us about our relationship patterns and how we may be unintentionally repeating unsuccessful ways of relating to others. I also utilize cognitive behavioral interventions to assist clients with learning about how their automatic, negative self-talk can interfere with living a full life; and is hurtful to self-esteem and confidence.
I have worked in a variety of settings during and after my doctoral education and internship training. These have included: outpatient mental health centers, an intensive day treatment program for adolescents and young adults; college mental health services and group practices. I teach for Walden University’s Doctoral program in clinical psychology and Yorkville University’s Master’s program in counseling. The teaching includes online and in person training and supervision for graduate students studying to be therapists.
I highly value the trust clients come to have in me as we develop a therapy relationship and collaborate to work together on their goals. I would be pleased to talk with you about how I may be of help to you as a psychologist.