Dr. Sharon Freedman is a clinical psychologist specializing in individual therapy with older adolescents and adults, and maintains a private practice in Montclair, New Jersey.
With over 20 years experience as a therapist, a graduate of Adelphi's Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies and Cornell University, she is currently serving as a private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients. Her graduate school training was psychoanalytic in nature, and Dr. Freedman's personal and professional quest for the most efficient and effective forms of therapy and healing have lead her to a variety of other techniques and views of the self. These include EMDR/Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (she is an EMDRIA-certified practitioner), Somatic Experiencing (she holds an SEP Certificate), Shamanism (she has apprenticed with the shaman Peter Calhoun), Ego State therapy, Imagery, Dreamwork, and Mindfulness. Dr. Freedman has also been composing piano music for over 20 years, and has a particular interest in helping her clients find and pursue their creative processes.
Dr. Freedman completed her internship (1993) at the VA in Honolulu, while spending two years living in Hawaii and working on her dissertation, "Identity Formation in Japanese American College Students of Hawaii: the Role of Ethnic and Cultural Identification." It was there that her interests in trauma (she also spent a year doing research and receiving specialized training at the VA's Pacific Center for PTSD), cultural/ethnic differences as they relate to identity development, and spirituality blossomed and continue to shape her work with clients.
Dr. Freedman is an interactive, goal-oriented therapist. Her therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. She works in a holistic way, offering a highly personalized approach tailored to each client's emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual well-being. With compassion, understanding, and a keen intuition, she works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and access their inner wisdom, their potential that has been within them all along.
Dr. Freedman received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Adelphi University in 1995. She received her B.S. in Human Service Studies from Cornell University in 1987. She holds licenses in Psychology in the states of New York (license # 012935, granted in 1996) and New Jersey (license # 3751, granted in 1999). She began training in EMDR in 1992, and became EMDRIA-certified in 2004. She completed her training in Somatic Experiencing in 2015 and holds an SEP certificate. Dr. Freedman is a longstanding member of the American Psychological Association, the New Jersey Psychological Association, the EMDR International Association, and the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute.
"No one imagines that a symphony is supposed to improve in quality as it goes along, or that the point of playing it is to reach the finale. The whole point of music is discovered in every moment of playing and listening. It is the same I feel, with our lives; if we are unduly absorbed in improving. . . we may forget altogether to live." Alan Watts