BIO

 
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RAMONA FRIEDMAN, Ph.D.

I strive to bring warmth, compassion, and a sense of humor to my practice as a clinical psychologist. I provide evidence based treatments that are tailored to meet the specific and often unique needs of my patients. I work closely with each patient and their family in conducting a comprehensive, thoughtful assessment and in developing a clear and individualized treatment plan. My approach is collaborative and compassionate, yet challenging and change-oriented. The therapy is structured and goal-oriented. I ensure high quality care by drawing on the latest research and by closely monitoring each patient’s response to the interventions.

Beyond my clinical practice, I value being a mother of two children, a wife, a friend, and a community member. My professional work is a passion that continues to inspire projects and collaborations with my local community and beyond. I enjoy traveling, exercising, nature, and cooking.

Training and Qualifications

Dr. Friedman completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology from University of California San Diego (UCSD). She went on to complete her masters and doctorate degrees (Ph.D.) in Clinical Psychology from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science/Chicago Medical School. Dr. Friedman completed her pre-doctoral internship at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL, and her post-doctoral fellowship training at the VA San Diego Healthcare System. Her clinical training and experience has been focused primarily on comprehensive assessment and effective treatments for anxiety, mood and related disorders. Dr. Friedman has extensive experience in providing Cognitive Behavioral Therapies for anxiety disorders (e.g. worry, OCD, social anxiety, phobias and PTSD), depression, adjustment disorders/life stress, insomnia and body-focused repetitive behaviors (e.g. Trichotillomania and skin picking). She has received training in evidence-based interventions for a variety of specific problems, including exposure with response prevention (ERP) for treatment of OCD, Prolonged Exposure (PE) for treatment of PTSD, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I). Moreover, she has specialty training in the treatment of childhood anxiety and related disorders, such as ADHD, selective mutism, separation anxiety, PTSD, depression and specific phobias. In addition, Dr. Friedman has developed an expertise in research on Trichotillomania and body-focused repetitive behaviors, which has led to numerous local and national presentations. Dr. Friedman regularly attends local and national conferences, training seminars and workshops in order to stay informed on the most up to date treatments and apply state of the art science into her clinical practice.