Dr. Michael Friedman is the Co-Director of the PCIT program at CBC where he conducts individual, family and group therapy with children, adolescents and adults. Michael earned his master’s and doctor of psychology degree in clinical psychology from the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University. He completed his bachelor’s degree in Talmudic Law at Ner Israel Rabbinical College.
Michael is intensively trained in both Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). He has extensive training in evidence-based treatments for anxiety and mood disorders and has experience treating social anxiety, generalized anxiety, panic disorder, OCD, specific phobias, and depression. Michael has particular expertise in parent training interventions for child disruptive behavior disorders and ADHD, including Parent Child Interaction Therapy. He also has experience providing services in a variety of settings, including outpatient mental health clinics and both partial hospitalization and inpatient treatment programs.
Michael completed his APA-accredited doctoral internship at Astor Services for Children and Families in the Bronx, New York. While on internship, Michael provided individual and group therapy to a diverse group of children, adolescents, and parents. He also conducted psychological and psychoeducational evaluations, performed acute risk assessments, and provided school consultation services to teachers and department of education staff working in a day treatment setting.
Prior to internship, Michael trained under the mentorship of Dr. Brian Chu at the Rutgers Youth Anxiety and Depression Clinic (YAD-C), where he provided comprehensive diagnostic assessments and evidence-based interventions for youth with mood and anxiety disorders. He also completed externships at the Child Outpatient Department at Weill Cornell Medical Center/New York Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan and the Adolescent Inpatient Unit at Zucker Hillside Hospital, where delivered evidence-based services to a wide range of children and adolescents. Furthermore, Michael trained with Dr. Steve Kurtz to receive certification as a Parent Child Interaction Therapy therapist and trainer. Before graduate school, Michael had a career as a teacher working with high school and college age students.
Michael’s research interests focus on transdiagnostic treatment and intensive treatment approaches. He is also particularly passionate about bridging the gap between research and practice through the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based interventions. Michael is an active member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT).