Like any other relationship, the therapy relationship is rooted in connection and is a bond characterized by safety and trust. This alliance is the secure base from which you can take the emotional risks - including the vulnerability inherent in deep exploration - needed for meaningful and enduring change. The bond we form allows our meetings to be characterized by support, respect, and even humor.
Suzanne Friedman, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist in private practice with a special interest in trauma and PTSD, eating disorders and body image, and career counseling and coaching. Dr. Friedman has more than 20 years of experience in clinical work, supervision, higher education teaching and outreach. She earned her Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Counseling Psychology at the University of Maryland College Park, and completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Towson University Counseling Center.
Dr. Friedman began her private practice work with Christine Courtois and Associates, PC, specializing in helping clients work through complex trauma, PTSD, dissociation (including Dissociative Identity Disorder), and childhood sexual abuse.
Prior to joining the Courtois group, Dr. Friedman served for seven years as Assistant Director of Mental Health Counseling at Howard Community College’s (HCC) Counseling and Career Services Office. There she provided individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, and campus outreach programming to students; career counseling and job search services to county residents and students and professional development to faculty and staff. Dr. Friedman also directed the master’s and doctoral level counseling training program at HCC and provided clinical supervision to interns.
Dr. Friedman has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in the Department of Psychology at the University of Maryland, and worked at the University Counseling Centers at Trinity College, Towson University, and The University of Maryland.
In addition to private practice work, Dr. Friedman currently is an adjunct faculty member in the University of Maryland’s Counseling Psychology doctoral program where she provides clinical supervision to doctoral students. She is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), Academy of Eating Disorders (AED), National Career Development Association (NCDA) and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing International Association (EMDRIA).