Monica Freedman, LiCSW has a specialty in working with trauma reactions, anxiety and depressive symptoms, as well as affect regulation disorders such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Her strong positive regard for the human condition and one’s innate ability to heal and transform make her a skilled facilitator of healing. Through psychotherapy and neurofeedback, Monica works with clients to process traumatic life experiences in order to let go of undermining coping skills, including eating disorders, self mutilation, addictions, anxiety, depression, and perfectionism. She focuses on the strengths of the individual to overcome difficulty in order to apply natural gifts to everyday life.
Using neurofeedback, a tool that retrains brainwaves through real-time feedback, Monica is able to reduce resistance, regulate affect and create more flexibility in thinking. This technique is particularly effective with trauma reaction, anxiety and depressive symptoms, and with affect regulation disorders such as ADHD. Neurofeedback can be useful when traumatic experiences are pre-verbal or a client is not yet ready to use words to process difficult experiences or affects.
Monica has many years of experience working with adolescents with compound traumatic life experiences and unique learning differences through the University of Maryland Department of Psychiatry at the Center for School Mental Health. She currently has a Maryland based practice in Kensington and facilitates a support group for parents of children with special needs. She previously worked at Presley Ridge with adolescents in foster care healing from traumatic life experiences. She also worked with adults through the Montgomery County Public School in-house Employee Assistance Program.
“By creating an environment of safety, I find my work with clients to be transformative. I feel honored to be a part of the healing process.”