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Dr. Lorraine Freedle is a clinical neuropsychologist with a wealth of knowledge and experience in the field of clinical administration, sandplay therapy, social work, and behavioral health.
Dr. Lorraine Freedle has an extensive background in clinical administration, neuropsychology, and behavioral health. She currently serves as the owner and operator of Black Sand Neuropsychological Services, PC, located in Hilo, Hawaii. As a licensed clinical psychologist with a specialization in neuropsychology, she is trained to provide a variety of services. She works directly with clients to provide the following services:
● Pediatric and school neuropsychological evaluations and consultations
● Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT™) brain mapping
● Sandplay™ therapy
Dr. Freedle also assists other professionals in the field. She supervises others to obtain licensure, consults on cases, assists with professional development, and provides training at the national and international level in the areas of children’s behavioral health, trauma, neuropsychology, and sandplay therapy. She values the ability to continuously learn and join with others in the field in the exchange of knowledge, experience, and passion for this work. Collaboration among professionals is essential for growth and development in the field, and effective treatment of patients.
In addition to her work at Black Sand Neuropsychological Services, Dr. Lorraine is also the clinical director of Pacific Quest. Pacific Quest is a therapeutic wilderness program for adolescents and young adults. The program is based off of the Sustainable Growth™ model and incorporates the following elements into treatment:
● Rites of passage
● Horticulture therapy/organic farming
● Holistic wellness
● Experiential learning
● Psychological and family support
It is an innovative way to treat patients with a wide variety of disorders. Dr. Freedle has built off of her education and experience over the years, committing herself to providing high quality, essential services to children, their families, and other professionals.
Dr. Lorraine Freedle has devoted her career to helping those in need. She values education and has earned numerous degrees, licenses, and certifications that have supported her in her work. They have helped her to position herself as a leader in the field and an asset to those she has served. With more than 20 years of experience in behavioral health and clinical administration, she has worked in a wide range of positions and served diverse populations.
Dr. Freedle is no stranger to hard work. She is always striving to learn more and stay up-to-date on the latest trends and developments. Her commitment and passion for her work have driven her to achieve an extensive educational background.
Getting a Start in Social Work
She got her start in the field when she attended Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania. It was here that she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in social work with high distinction. But she was not done yet. She went on to obtain her master of social work with a mental health concentration from the University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii. Her interest in the field of mental health continued to grow from there.
While she was pursuing her master’s degree, she worked as a mental health specialist and case manager at Kahi Mohala Psychiatric Hospital in Ewa Beach, Hawaii. As part of a multi-disciplinary team for the extended psychiatric treatment program for adolescents, she gained hands-on experience in the field. She helped to ensure patient safety, provide individual counseling, and manage patient cases.
Upon graduation she continued her work in mental health. As a social worker for Monarch House Group Home of Child and Family Service in Honolulu, she provided a wide range of services. The program was centered on community-based residential treatment, something that would serve her well in future positions. Her responsibilities included psychosocial assessments; treatment plans; case management; and individual, group, and family therapy.
Her hard work and strong abilities paid off and she was promoted to group homes program director after just two years. In this new position she served in a more administrative role. She was responsible for overseeing the operation of six group homes and supervising both clinical and administrative aspects of the program. In addition she also wrote grants and served on State coalitions to have her voice heard.
Dr. Lorraine Freedle continued to develop her skills in administration as she moved on to assume the position of clinical director at New Day, Inc. The organization featured several facilities and programs that she was responsible for overseeing. They included two emergency shelters, two residential treatment programs, a substance abuse prevention program, and intensive home-based family services. She had a hand in the development, implementation, and supervision of the clinical services that were offered, giving her more in-depth knowledge and skills. Dr. Freedle was also active in policy and program development initiatives at the local, state, and national level. In addition, she conducted training and professional development for staff. After two years she transitioned to clinical director of Youth Panorama, Inc., where she held similar responsibilities.
While working as clinical director, she also went into private practice as a clinical social worker. This kept her directly involved with providing services to clients and applying her skills and abilities to support their needs. Services she provided included:
● Outpatient psychotherapy
● Psychosocial assessments
● EAP services
● Adoption counseling
● Home studies
● Sandplay therapy
● Professional training
● Clinical supervision
Shifting into Psychology
Through her years of working in social work and providing counseling, Dr. Lorraine Freedle’s interest in psychology grew, particularly the neurobiological and neuropsychological roots of behavior and healing. This led her to return to school and further her education. She earned her educational specialist in school psychology at the University of Northern Colorado, and her doctor of philosophy in clinical psychology with a concentration in neuropsychology at the Fielding Graduate University.
Through her extensive knowledge and training she has earned her board certification in multiple areas of psychology:
● Certified Diplomate in Pediatric Neuropsychology, American Board of Pediatric Neuropsychology
● Certified Diplomate in School Neuropsychology, American Board of School Neuropsychology
● Certified Diplomate in Psychotherapy, American Psychotherapy Association
● Academy of Certified Social Workers, National Association of Social Workers
● Nationally Certified School Psychologist, National School Psychology Certification Board
● Certified Sandplay™ Therapist, Sandplay Therapists of America/International Society of Sandplay Therapists
Dr. Lorraine Freedle’s first psychologist position was that of school psychologist for the Poudre School District in Fort Collins, Colorado. Here she conducted various psychological evaluations and assessments and consulted with families and school personnel. She played an integral role in special education services as well as counseling, crisis intervention, and critical incident response.
During this time she also became a pediatric neuropsychologist for Zia Behavioral Health. She used her skills and training to provide psychotherapy, psychological, neuropsychological, and school neuropsychological services to children, adults, and families. She continued to provide clinical supervision and consultation to other professionals.
In 1995 Dr. Lorraine Freedle became co-founder and chief clinical officer of TeamBuilders Counseling Services. She built upon all of her education and experience to create a premier organization that provided necessary behavioral health services to the local community and surrounding area. Their services were based on a family-centered, ecological-systems framework, and centered on the philosophies of the Child and Adolescent Service System Program. Those philosophies are:
1. Community collaboration
2. Individualized service planning
3. Family-centered programming
4. Community resource mobilization
Lorraine Freedle supervised 25 clinical supervisors and directors who were part of a staff of 100 licensed clinical professionals, and more than 600 employees overall. She was responsible for administrative duties including program oversight, direct service, policy and planning, grant writing, staff development, and collaboration with other professionals at all levels. She also conducted direct services to clients including neuropsychological evaluations, therapy, consultations, and training on children’s behavioral health, trauma, and sandplay therapy. Dr. Lorraine Freedle is a leader in the field of mental and behavioral health.
Dr. Lorraine Freedle plans to continue pursuing her work in neuropsychology. She understands the strong need for these services and the beneficial results that they provide for those involved. Her work combines her background in social work, education, behavioral health, and psychology. She believes in creating a child-centered and systems approach to neuropsychological evaluation. By focusing on the clients’ strengths, they are able to progress through the healing process and lead a higher quality life. She supports not only parents and families, but other professionals as well.
She will also continue her research and implementation of sandplay therapy as an effective method of serving those in need. She has won awards for her research regarding “Sandplay Therapy and the Individuation Process in Adults with Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)” and plans to extend her research to study its effects on war veterans who are impacted by TBI. Dr. Freedle has found great success using sandplay therapy with her patients and has had numerous articles published in the Journal of Sandplay Therapy. She plans to continue serving in her role as a member of the research committee for the Sandplay Therapists of America.
Dr. Lorraine Freedle will continue her pursuit of education and professional development. She recently became certified in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics. She is dedicated to sharing her knowledge and experiences with others so that they can continue their pursuit of further knowledge as well. She will continue to apply what she has learned in order to provide beneficial services for children, adolescents, adults, and families in the fields of mental and behavioral health.
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