The Institute for Clinical Social Work


Freda Baron Friedman, L.C.S.W., Ph.D.

Clinical Sequence Chair
Class of 2002

​Freda Baron Friedman works in Chicago’s Streeterville area and suburban Northfield, Ill., providing psychotherapy for adults, utilizing individual, couples, and group psychotherapy. Her specialities include psychotherapy for individuals and families dealing with borderline personality disorder and working with those who have experienced various forms of trauma, loss, and relationship difficulties. In addition to running several client and professional groups in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Dr. Friedman has been a faculty member at ICSW since 2008 and a member of the Professional Enrichment Committee since 2001. She is also a clinical consultant and reviewer for Behavioral Technology, the international training program for Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and presents workshops, training programs, and lectures on issues related to Borderline Personality Disorder.

Areas of Interest & Approaches to Practice

Theoretical Orientation: Contemporary Psychodynamic and Relational;Populations: Adults, Couples, Families, and Groups; Areas of Specialization: Trauma, Attachment disorders, Developmental issues, Borderline Phenomenon, Family dynamics, Integration of psychodynamic and cognitive/behavioral therapies


  • B.A., William Smith College
  • B.S.N., College of Mount St. Vincent
  • M.S., Columbia University School of Social Work
  • Ph.D., Institute for Clinical Social Work
  • Intensive Advanced Training with Marsha Linehan, Dialectical Behavior Therapy


Siblings of a certain age: The impact of aging parents on adult sibling relationships (2002)

Courses Taught at ICSW

  • Cl 732: Disorders of Adulthood II

Additional Faculty Roles

  • Consulting
  • Research Advising

Professional Memberships & Affiliations

  • NASW
  • Illinois Society for Clinical Social Work
  • American and Illinois Psychiatric Nurses Association


445 East Ohio Street, #250 Chicago, IL 60611

(773) 220-4283