Registered Psychologist in Israel
Andrew Freundlich Verified
Registered Psychologist in Israel
I have been a practicing psychologist in the United States for 40 years treating individuals and couples with a wide range of problems and issues. I have extensive experience treating anxiety disorders, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, marital conflicts, sexual and gender identity issues, and doing therapy with the elderly. I generally follow the Cognitive Behavior Therapy approach to treatment but experience has taught me that it is even more important to match the type of treatment to the client's personality and presenting problem than to force people to conform to a particular treatment model. Thus, I frequently explore underlying emotional conflicts, historical and childhood issues, and interpersonal or familial conflicts. When focusing on communication in marital therapy, I pay attention to the surface words but mostly work towards identifying the subtle underlying "between the lines" messages that the sender is often unaware of sending or the listener does not hear. Bringing these hidden messages and feelings out into the open usually results in a rekindling of the mutual understanding, respect, and love that attracted the couple to each other in the first place. However, on those occasions when the identified differences are irreconcilable and divorce is unfortunately necessary, I help the couple achieve as amicable a divorce as possible. When treating individuals or couples, I am goal oriented, interactive, quickly share my observations and impressions, and am prepared to offer specific advice based on my expertise and established psychological principles. I welcome questions regarding the reasoning or rationale for my comments or specific suggestions and am very open to modifying my approach based on the reactions and feedback I receive. I have found that therapy works best when it is a collaborative relationship that is open, interactive, and caring.
University of Louisville
Telephone Counseling, Online Therapy
Anxiety / Panic
Couples / Relationship / Marriage Counseling
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Executive / Career / Life Coaching
Gender Identity Concerns
Parenting Issues / Training
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapy that focuses on how one's thoughts, feelings and behaviors are connected and can be changed. It is based on the idea that how we think (cognition) and how we feel (emotion) can influence how we behave. CBT helps people identify and challenge distorted thinking and replace it with more balanced thinking, leading to improved mood and behavior. ‘Homework’, usually containing practical writing exercises, is often completed by the client between sessions to reinforce the therapy. Examples of tools that practitioners often use are journaling, challenging beliefs, and mindfulness.
Psychodynamic TherapyPsychodynamic therapy is a form of therapy that focuses on the unconscious mind and how it affects behavior. It works to help people understand and work through past experiences and feelings that may be causing difficulties in the present. This type of therapy encourages individuals to explore their emotions, relationships, and behaviors in order to gain insight into their current difficulties. It can help individuals better understand themselves and their motivations, and gain insight into how past events have impacted their current lives. People tend to develop defense mechanisms when faced with challenges in life. Defense mechanisms may keep painful feelings, memories, and experiences in the unconscious. A few common defense mechanisms include: denial, repression, and rationalization. Psychodynamic therapists encourage people to speak freely about their emotions, desires, and fears. Being open may help uncover vulnerable feelings that have been pushed out of conscious awareness. According to psychodynamic theory, behavior is influenced by unconscious thought. Once painful feelings are brought forth and processed, the defense mechanisms are no longer needed and a person in treatment can start changing unhelpful patterns when coping with life’s challenges.