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About Dr Freitas

 I am a Clinical Psychologist licensed in the State of Pennsylvania. Services that I provide include individual and couples therapy; additionally, I conduct supervision and training as well as provide consultations. My speciality is Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP); to learn more about ISTDP see the ‘Links & Resources’ tab.  I am also trained in Structural / Systems Therapy which is integrated into my couples work.

My graduate school education was at the Virginia Consortium; this is a fully-accredited joint Doctoral Program that was provided by: The College of William & Mary; Eastern Virginia Medical School; Norfolk State University; and, Old Dominion University. Here I earned a Doctorate of Psychology (Psy.D.) which is a clinically focused degree. During graduate school, I also published and conducted research in couples therapy and the importance of the therapeutic alliance / relationship as well as into substance abuse issues. This acclaimed doctoral program, with its four schools, was a true wealth in learning opportunities. I was able to get both a broad exposure to Clinical Psychology as well as specialized training -- for me this was in psychodynamic / psychoanalytic and couples therapy.

My internship was at the University of Pennsylvania Health System (Pennsylvania Hospital). During this time I also completed a fellowship with Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia in psychoanalytic therapy. Afterwards I went on to a fully-accredited post-doctoral fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles. There I worked with individuals who suffered from chronic mental illness (referred to as the Severely & Persistently Mentally Ill; SPMI).

Since my post-doctoral fellowship I have done extensive training in ISTDP including completing a training program at the Washington School of Psychiatry and then training directly with Dr. Davanloo, the founder and developer of ISTDP.

In addition to working with my patients, I teach health care students as well as licensed clinicians. Also, I have presented at National and International conferences. At local hospitals and universities, I have provided education and training for students and staff. My commitment to learning never ceases and I am always collaborating with colleagues to further my own understanding as well as to enhance and refine my clinical work.


Licensed Psychologist, Pennsylvania

Faculty Appointments

Immaculata University
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM)
Washington School of Psychiatry (WSP)

Professional Memberships

American Psychological Association (APA) – Fellow
Pennsylvania Psychological Association (PPA) – Fellow


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