Rachel Barbanel-Fried, Psy-D
Style & Services
"We have more possibilities in each moment than we realize."
-- Thich Nhat Hanh
I specialize in working with people from all walks of life who are stressed, sad, or lonely despite countless attempts to move from that position in life. I work with individuals suffering from anxiety, depression and relationship difficulties. I offer a warm, caring, non-judgmental atmosphere where we can move together towards your life's goals. I establish a holistic approach to create a healing environment for the whole person, mind, body and spirit.
Through the psychotherapeutic relationship we will create a new context for personal exploration and new experiences. I believe in the mind’s ability to heal its self and to move forward with the potential for growth, change, evolution and healing.
I have experience in treating people with assorted concerns including but not limited to: anxiety, depression, trauma, stress management, anger management, chronic pain and illness, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), relationship issues, sexuality and gender concerns, as well as issues around coming out, and eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia, binge eating).
Couples therapy offers you an opportunity to address difficult aspects of your relationship that seem to repeat themselves without changing for the better. I am experienced helping couples regain their footing as they face relationship conflicts, communication difficulties, work/family balance, infidelity, break-ups, loss, parenting strains, financial problems, illness, sadness and worry. I assess strengths in people and relationships, working to build on positive aspects. I am an active, warm and down-to-earth therapist looking to find the best in each client and couple to support them in finding ways to get their life and relationships on a better track.
Pregnancy and New Mothers
Pregnancy and the birth of a baby can trigger a mix of powerful feelings for all family members, but especially for the new mother. Those emotions can include joy and happiness as well as fear, anxiety and depression. Most new moms experience some “baby blues” at some point during the first year of their child’s life. Those experiences usually fade quickly, but sometimes they can linger.
Learning about yourself in the new roles of parent and/or partner may create problems at home or at work. We can collaborate to pinpoint strengths and identify areas of stress so that you can make the necessary adjustments to move forward from a place of strength and knowledge.
In all my work I utilize a holistic approach to create a healing environment. We can work around your needs as an expectant or new mother so that you can leave our sessions with a fuller understanding of yourself as a whole, new, person.
Younger people pose specific challenges that sometimes need to be addressed by someone outside the family network. Children and parents often find themselves stuck in situations that they can’t work out. Today’s high-pressure, fast-paced world often leaves our families and children at a disadvantage. Kids and teens are often faced with opportunities and situations that seem unthinkable to their parents. The divide seems to grow bigger and the young people fall farther into themselves.
The adolescent years can be a particularly challenging and risky as they often get themselves into situations that are emotionally and physically dangerous.
I have over 15 years of experience working with children and adolescents with behavioral and anxiety issues. I take confidentiality very seriously and material shared in therapy sessions is private unless the young person expresses intent to hurt oneself or others, or is a victim of abuse. With a teen’s permission I will meet with parent(s) or caretakers(s) to discuss general themes of therapy and to help the family deal with the changes they are experiencing. When working with children under fifteen regular meetings with parents are part of the therapeutic process.
Please note, email is not a confidential form of communication, nor is it an appropriate medium for urgent or emergency messages. Email or phone contact with Dr. Rachel Barbanel-Fried does not constitute a psychotherapeutic relationship. In case of emergency, call your local emergency response services.