Hello, I am Dr. Lindsay Frey, and I thank you for taking the time to get to know me and the services I provide. I specialize in working with children and teenagers who struggle with understanding and managing their various emotions, coping with life’s demands, finding a positive and supportive peer group, discovering their identity, and navigating school and it’s many social and academic complexities. I am an advocate for positive and healthy parent-child relationships. I am passionate about helping families build relationships in which they can openly communicate with one another and support each other through life’s ups and downs. I enjoy providing parents with consultation, support, and resources to help guide them through their parenting journey. I would be honored to be someone who will hear you, and help you develop the tools you need to be the confident and relational parent you have always wanted to be. Additionally, I have over 10 years of experience conducting psychological testing and evaluations for children, adolescents, and adults and providing recommendations for treatment.
My approach to therapy is empathetic, interactive, and collaborative. I will help you by hearing your concerns and fears, collaborating with you to develop therapy goals, and providing you with a clear and understandable treatment plan to help you reach your goals. You will find me to be encouraging and optimistic throughout our interactions. I believe that it is important that you have the correct information and understanding about counseling, so I will take time in providing you with expectations regarding the length and course of therapy. Naturally, I will answer any questions that you may have along the way.
My areas of expertise in counseling include ADHD, self-esteem issues, anger management, social skills, bullying, depression, anxiety, self-harm, parenting training, and autism spectrum disorders. I utilize evidenced-based cognitive behavior therapy interventions with interpersonal therapy approaches to best help my clients. My experience conducting psychological testing and evaluations for children, adolescents, and adults means that you will not only get a timely and professional evaluation, but that I will also review the results and help strategize with you on an action plan that can include parents, guardians, pediatricians, teachers, and psychiatrists.
Child and Adolescent Individual Therapy – I specialize in working with children and adolescents in an individual therapy setting. I have found it to be of utmost importance to their therapeutic progress to be able to have their own space in which they can process their emotions safely and confidentially. I also assist them in coping with a variety of stressors such as death, divorce, school problems, peer difficulties, and family transitions. Therapy provides children and adolescents with the opportunity to gain tools and knowledge that will help them to lead healthy and productive lives.
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)– I have a particular area of expertise in utilizing cognitive behavior therapy to help children and adolescents identify and change the problematic thinking patterns that are contributing to the maintenance of their symptoms and difficulties. I help my clients recognize these patterns and how they impact their emotions and subsequently, their behavior. As I see myself and my clients as being co-collaborators throughout the process, there is a significant need and focus in developing rapport and a strong working alliance. Finally, I offer children and adolescents the opportunity to practice what they have learned in between sessions so that they can provide me with feedback on the effectiveness of the tools in their day-to-day life.
Psychological Testing and Evaluations– Oftentimes, the symptoms of a psychological disorder are obvious, such as when a child or teen struggles with excessive anger, anxiety or nervousness, depression or sadness. Likewise, some academic or social problems can be identified through gathering background information and current observations. However, there are times in which the problem and its origins are unclear. Psychological testing and evaluation involves administering a sequence of tests that determine the cause of the symptoms and disorders, so that the correct diagnosis and course of treatment can be determined. I have extensive experience completing evaluations to determine learning disabilities, attention problems, mood disorders, autism spectrum disorders, and developmental disorders. If your child’s diagnosis warrants a medication assessment, I will recommend a trusted psychiatrist to you and then collaborate with them throughout the treatment process. I believe that collaboration between professionals in your child’s life is necessary and vital for continuity of care and support for your family.
I hold a license as a psychologist in the state of Florida. I received my doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology in 2014 from the Florida School of Professional Psychology (FSPP) at Argosy University, Tampa. I previously earned a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from FSPP in 2010. My doctoral dissertation was focused on the prevention of obesity within children and adolescents by assisting families in understanding the interaction of mental and physical health and helping them by providing appropriate interventions tailored to fit their specific needs. I completed my predoctoral internship at Clifford Beers Guidance Clinic in New Haven, Connecticut and my postdoctoral clinical fellowship with Hillsborough County Schools in Tampa, Florida. My previous clinical experience spans a variety of settings including community mental health centers, school systems, extended day treatment facilities, hospitals, and private practice. I am a member of the American Psychological Association and the Society of Clinical Psychology.
I hope you find the information that I provided to you helpful. If you have any questions about how I might be able to assist you, please contact me at (813) 485-4881 or [email protected] I respond during business hours, and I will do my best to reply within 24 hours of hearing from you. If you reach my confidential voicemail, please feel free to leave me a detailed message. I look forward to hearing from you.