Dr. Friedman earned his doctorate in Psychology from New York University and received post-doctoral training in Psychoanalysis from the Training and Research Institute for Self Psychology (TRISP) in New York City. He worked as an eating disorders psychotherapist at the esteemed Renfrew Center of New York and was appointed to faculty of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. For more than 10 years he has worked as a psychologist with adults, couples and families.
As his practice evolved, it became clear to Dr. Friedman that something was missing from traditional psychotherapeutic approaches. Curiosity and a chance meeting led him to discover the world of Nutritional Psychology, which teaches that many psychological issues are caused or made worse by underlying biochemical/ nutritional deficiencies. Further exploration led him to the practice of yoga, with its emphasis on breathing, meditation and movement for emotional centering.
To enhance his effectiveness in helping a patient to heal and grow, he became certified as a Holistic Health Counselor at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York and went on to earn a Diploma of Comprehensive Nutrition (Dip.CN) from Huntington College of Health Sciences. He become interested in Neurofeedback, and became certified as a Low Energy Neurofeedback System (LENS) practitioner, and trained with Siegfried and Sue Othmer in InfraLow and Alpha-Theta Neurofeedback.
In pursuit of the most up to date information taught by Functional Medicine for Mental Health, Dr. Friedman enrolled in the Certificate Program at the Academy of Functional Medicine and Genomics, which teaches tools for assessing the root biochemical causes of mental health disorders, and later went on to become a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner.
Additionally, he is also a yoga teacher, having completed the 200 hour training program at Yoga Now in Omaha, Nebraska
Dr. Friedman’s practice now offers integrative psychotherapy services which combine the healing power of insight oriented psychotherapy with and education about lifestyle and nutritional tools that have shown scientific efficacy in improving mental health symptoms.
Nutritional and Alternative Approaches for Mental Health Care
Life Extension: Article on the importance of Serotonin and How to Raise It Naturally
Safe Harbor — Best resource on nutritional and alternative solutions for mental health problems. Excellent library of articles that is easy to search.
Orthomolecular Medicine — Nutritional healing of mental health issues based on the work of Linus Pauling, two time Nobel Prize winner.
Mood Cure — Website dedicated to the work of Julia Ross, M.A. pioneer in Nutritional Psychology. Describes Amino Acid Therapy for mood and substance abuse issues.
Video of Julia Ross describing the connection between nutrition and depression
Diet Cure — Scientific Research on the Addictive Nature of Sugar and the Biological Basis for the Treatment of Overeating.
Integrative Medicine for Mental Health — IMMH–Information and resources about an Integrative Medicine Approach to Mental Health created by Great Plains Laboratory.
Neurotransmitters of Now –– Website of Dr. Charles Gant, pioneer in combining nutritional medicine and mindfulness solutions for mental health and substance abuse issues.
Nutritional Healing — Information on nutritional/environmental therapies for mental health disorders. Plethora of information that can be searched by condition.
Brain-Bio Center — Nutrition school that teaches brain targeted nutrition therapy. Excellent resource for information on nutrition for a variety of mental health and developmental disorders.
Dr. Peter Breggin — Dedicated to providing information about the dangers of psychiatric drugs.
Dr. Mark Hyman’s video on “ The Truth About Antidepressants” — Watch this You Tube video featuring well known alternative medicine doctor speak about the reality of antidepressants.
Mind Freedom — Site dedicated to empowering people to know their mental health rights. Provides information on alternatives to standard mental health care.
International Coalition for Drug Awareness — A group of physicians, researchers, journalist and concerned citizens dedicated to educating about the dangers posed by many Rx medicines.
SSRI Stories — Eye opening information about the serious dangers of antidepressants. Index of 3600 cases linking antidepressants to acts of violence.
Dr. Daniel Amen — Amazing website featuring a database of brain scans of different psychiatric disorders. See why brain imaging technology is the future of psychiatry.
Canary Club — Education about hormonal imbalances (sex hormones, adrenal glands, and thyroid) and tools to understand the connection between imbalances in these glands and mental health symptoms.
Community Addiction Recovery Association — Model integrative program for treating substance abuse disorders. Combines 12-step treatment with acupuncture and nutritional approaches that yield outstanding results.
Alliance for Addiction Solutions — An international nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting effective nutritional and other natural methods for the treatment of addictive disorders. Creating a truly integrative vision for substance abuse treatment.
Sustain Web — A British website dedicated to importance of wholesome food to our overall well-being. Much scientific information on the food-mood connection.
EEG Info — Information on Infa-Low and Alpha-Theta Neurofeedback
Ochs Lab — Information from the company that makes the LENS.
The Dubin Clinic For LENS Neurofeedback — An informative website containing research and videos about the effectiveness and uses of the LENS.
General Integrative Medicine
Mercola — Excellent resource for alternative health information, updated daily.
Doctor Yourself — Dr. Andrew Stoll’s alternative health page. Encyclopedic source for information about many health conditions from one of the leaders in natural medicine.
Foods Matter — Excellent resource on food allergies and sensitivities.
Preventive Medicine Research Institute — Website dedicated to the integrative approach to chronic disease created by Dr. Dean Ornish.
American Psychological Association
National Institute of Mental health — Governmental organization dedicated to the conducting research on the prevention and treatment of mental health disorders.
Something Fishy — Resource for education and treatment of Eating Disorders
National Council of Problem Gambling
Parenting Science — Excellent resource for evidence based information about parenting, from babies to teens.
Couples Institute — great articles for couples seeking greater intimacy and better communication.
;Senorimotor Psychotherapy Institute — A therapeutic approach that brings the body into talk therapy.
EMDR — Official information on eye movement desensitization & reprocessing (EMDR), gold seal treatment for trauma.
Neuroscience and Psychotherapy
Dr. Dan Siegel — Coined the term “interpersonal neurobiology” to capture the way that experiences can affect the actual structure of the brain, revolutionizes how we can think about the power of therapy.
Interpersonal Neurobiology — More information on the “plasticity” of the brain and it’s implications in how we think about “behavior change”.
Dr. Allan Schore — Groundbreaking integration of neuroscience with attachment theory that informs a understanding of the formation of “self” and in the treatment of trauma.
The Center for Mind-Body Medicine — Information and training on the integration of mind/body techniques into therapeutic and medical practice
Insight Meditation Society — Information on mindfulness-based meditation.
Pema Chodron — One of the most compelling spiritual teachers of our time. She offers “real” and usable Buddhist teachings on how to move through the most difficult times with bravery and grace.
Echart Tolle’s “The Power of Now” — An audio recording of the healing power of moment-to-moment mindfulness.
Yoga Therapy — Information about individual yoga sessions that are personalized to facilitate integration of mind, body and spirit. A deepening adjunct to talk psychotherapy.