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About Dr. Freedman

You must be the change that you wish to see in the world. - Ghandi

About Dr. Freedman

Dr. Barbara Freedman is a licensed Marriage, Family, and Child Therapist, specializing in Psychotherapy for individuals, couples, children and families. In addition, Dr. Freedman is a diplomat of the National Board for Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists, a Certified Approved Consultant with the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, and is on the faculty as well as Executive Vice President of the Southern California Society for Clinical Hypnosis. Dr. Freedman was also Adjunct Faculty at California Lutheran University. Dr. Barbara is Past President of the Ventura County Chapter of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. In addition to her many degrees, she also holds a California Life Teaching Credential. Dr. Freedman enjoys speaking for various organizations and has been on numerous talk radio programs and television.

Dr. Barbara received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from UCLA; her Master of Science in Education as well as her teaching credential from the University of Southern California; her second Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from the Phillips Graduate Institute (formerly the California Family Study Center); and her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Ryokan College.
For over seven years, Dr. Freedman wrote a weekly nationally syndicated advice column, “Ask Dr. Barbara,” for the Scripps Howard News Service. The column consisted of therapeutic stories as well as letters from her readers. Shortly after 9/11, Dr. Barbara was interviewed by CBS News as an expert in hypnosis for “Hypnosis for the Fear of Flying” which aired several times over national television. Dr. Freedman was the recipient of the Clark Vincent Award for the year 2000, for Excellence in Writing that Promotes the Field of Marriage and Family Therapy.

Dr. Barbara specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy which is based on the theory that how one thinks, largely determines how one feels and behaves. The behavior is then modified. In other words, change the thinking; change the behavior. Therapy is collaborative, problem solving, and solution focused. Dr. Freedman also enjoys using hypnosis and hypnotherapy to further solidify positive change and to ensure that this change is long-lasting.

Dr. Freedman has presented workshops for the Milton Erickson Foundation, the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, the Southern California Society for Clinical Hypnosis, the California Association of Medical Staff Services (keynote speaker), and the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, to name a few.
Dr. Barbara invites you to explore other areas of her website in order to further familiarize yourself with her practice. You may contact her either by phone or by e-mail. She looks forward to working together with you.