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Will Joel Friedman, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist - PSY 10092

 

275 Rose Avenue, Suite 212

Pleasanton

CA

94566

Telephone:

925-600-9966

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Additional Information:

Specialties:

Anxiety/panic

Depression

Stress/pain

Couple therapy

Mediation

As a seasoned clinician with 31 years experience in the field and 20 years licensed as a psychologist working with adults, couples, families, adolescents and older children, my vision is Presence-centered psychotherapy. The emphasis is on developing, shaping and deepening strengths in accepting life and "what is" in a context of relaxed clarity, presence and equanimity. Drawing upon cognitive-behavioral, psycho-dynamic and systems theory, my practice is built like a three-legged stool. The first leg is more and more simply "being present" in this moment and witnessing one's mind or ego in freeing oneself from incessant thoughts, beliefs, stories and roles. The second leg is learning and honing a targeted set of tools, skills, abilities, distinctions and strategies to effectively address uncomfortable symptoms, live more functionally and peacefully during daily activities as well as thrive in the world.The third leg is the use of mind-body approaches to help move all the way through and release the emotional "charge" on unworkable patterns, mistaken beliefs and survival decisions. To desensitize and deconstruct beliefs continues to be especially helpful for clients. EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a remarkably powerful mind-body approach to help resolve incomplete traumas, clear the charge on old unworkable patterns and install more workable ways of knowing and valuing one's true capabilities and strengths. When combined, these three core approaches can be remarkably synergistic, supportive, powerful and useful in enhancing the therapeutic enterprise and healing process of wholeness. I'm a "stretch", not a "shrink", who still loves and enjoys the privilege of contributing to receptive, proactive clients, especially ones who bring a clear-eyed, heartfelt commitment to grow, unfold and evolve into being who they truly are.


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