My areas of focus are anxiety, depression and posttraumatic stress disorder. I believe that stress and anxiety are natural occurrences in life, and it is important to know how to manage and be able to navigate through situations where we find ourselves feeling stressed or anxious.
During my master’s program I learned the most about different therapeutic approaches to help individuals who are experiencing symptoms of PTSD and depression. A few of the approaches I was most interested in were Cognitive behavior therapy, person-centered therapy, and Rational emotive behavioral therapy.
I am really looking forward to the continuing educational aspect of this career, and learning more tools and different approaches to help a wide variety of those seeking help.
Cognitive behavioral therapy can help individuals to become aware of how their thoughts are influencing their behaviors. This approach can be beneficial when working with those experiencing anxiety, panic attacks, depression, or many other instances.
Person Centered therapy helps individuals to become aware of their problem as well as what it will take for a resolution.
Rational emotive behavioral therapy, developed by Albert Ellis (no relation) helps individuals to identify instances of irrational thinking or misperceptions which could be leading to anxiety and depression. Helping the client to identify irrational beliefs can save them a lot of time and grief processing something that did not occur exactly as they remembered it.
I would describe my demeanor and style as calm, supportive, non-judgmental, and still honest. I believe that an important part of the therapeutic relationship is being honest with the client. I also believe that a combination of empathy and humor can be an excellent way to help a client work through and identify their problems. Given the appropriate situation of course.
I believe that the client I am best suited for a client who is motivated and wants to work through things to make them better, and can understand that it is a process. Some days will be easier than others, but as long as they are willing to put in the work, we can work towards helping them to achieve their goals. While each client will present a unique set of needs, every client must be willing to work towards their goals in order to achieve the change that they seek. I believe that the client I am best suited for would be an individual who is motivated to change, and willing to do the necessary work together that it will take to achieve their goals. Someone who is willing to complete the homework outside of our sessions.
Mandy Friedman, LPCC-S, CCDVC, is a licensed professional clinical counselor and certified clinical domestic violence counselor. Mandy is the creator of the educational program SNAP: Survivors of Narcissistic & Abusive Personalities. This program teaches survivors and concerned loved ones about abusive personalities, targets of abuse, abusive relationships and life in recovery from abuse. SNAP educational program of recovery helps empathic survivors of abuse fine tune and connect with their empathic nature in order to preserve, harness and protect the very things abusers seek to destroy. In her private practice, Clermont Mental Health, Mandy specializes in treating survivors of Cluster B personalities. She is also familiar with the role of addiction and substance abuse in abusive relationships. Mandy’s clients are often in need of trauma-informed care as part of their recovery. This has led her to become an expert on the topic of Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD). To help her clients, Mandy utilizes mindfulness based cognitive therapy (MBCT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and psychoeducation. Mandy is a survivor of abuse and has first-hand knowledge of what survivors endure in abusive circumstances and living a healthy life after abuse.