Dr. Randi Fredricks Ph.D.

Randi Fredricks

I have extensive clinical training and experience treating diverse issues including anxiety, depression, addiction, and codependency. My greatest teachers however, have been my client’s who have had the courage to share their personal stories with me as well as the intimate aspects of their lives. In my counseling sessions, I strive to create a safe environment where client’s can feel open to express their thoughts and feelings without judgment. I believe that although we are more similar than different, I realize that differences do exist and that everyone is unique. Consequently, I adapt my approach to each person while helping my clients achieve balance, stability and growth.

In addition to being a counselor and psychotherapist, I am a published researcher, best-selling author, and internationally recognized expert on natural healing in mental health. My first book, Healing & Wholeness: Complementary and Alternative Therapies for Mental Health, is used as a textbook on integrating natural medicine into counseling, psychotherapy, and psychology. My second book is a bestseller called Fasting: An Exceptional Human Experience is about the long history of fasting for medical, psychological, spiritual, and political reasons.

I have been the lead researcher on a number of studies, two of which have been published: Communication Apprehension among Adult Children of Alcoholics and An Exploratory Study of the Effects of Water Fasting for Depression. I received my journalism training from Santa Clara University. This website and my many other websites contain hundreds of articles from my books, research, and newsletter. In order to satisfy my creative side, I have designed and created all my websites since 1998.

My education includes a Bachelors of Arts degree in Communications from Santa Clara University, a Masters of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy University, and a Ph.D. in Psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. In addition to my formal education, I have certifications as a Hypnotherapist, Master Practitioner and Health Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming, Clinical Nutritionist, and Clinical Herbalist. I also have a Doctorate in Naturopathy and am an internationally recognized expert in alternative medicine and mental health.

I am also a Registered Addiction Specialist and as a State of California-approved Certified Addictions Treatment Counselor. I have worked in addiction counseling for over 30 years and still consider it one of my specialties and am passionate about helping people and families affected by addiction.

As a therapist and fellow journeyer, my style is down-to-earth, compassionate, supportive, caring, and empowering. I respect the nature of your path whether that be traditional therapy, alternative medicine, or mindfulness. I create a safe and accepting environment for you to be with your vulnerability, claim your strength and wisdom, and explore your options.

For more information please visit my website at http://drrandifredricks.com

San Jose Counseling and Psychotherapy
http://drrandifredricks.com
1174 Lincoln Av #6
San Jose, California
95125
Books Randi has Published

Healing and Wholeness: Complementary and Alternative Therapies for Mental Health

Healing and Wholeness: Complementary and Alternative Therapies for Mental Health provides a comprehensive overview of complementary and alternative treatments for mental health, with information and research on their effectiveness for treating specific disorders. Twenty-two chapters document research and the current practice of using complementary and alternative therapies in treating a number of disorders, including depression, anxiety, ADHD, autism, and addictions. The therapies covered are both

Fasting: An Exceptional Human Experience

Since prehistory, fasting has been used in various ways as a means of transformation. As a spiritual practice, it is the oldest and most common form of asceticism and is found in virtually every religion and spiritual tradition. In psychology, studies have suggested that fasting can alleviate the symptoms of some psychiatric conditions, including depression and schizophrenia. In medicine, fasting is one of the most promising therapies, with research suggesting that fasting can cause certain drugs,

Articles Randi has Published
Binge Eating vs. Overeating
Binge Eating vs. Overeating

Overeating is a behavior that, while generally not a medical problem, in some cases is a symptom of an eating disorder, such as binge eating disorder or bulimia. In more general terms, "overeating" refers »

Overeating is a behavior that, while generally not a medical problem, in some cases is a symptom of an eating disorder, such as binge eating disorder or bulimia. In more general terms, "overeating" refers to the persistent consumption of excess food in relation to the energy that the person expends, leading to weight gain and often to obesity. This may be a brief or short term process (many people..

Dr. Randi Fredricks · September 24th, 2016

Dr. Randi Fredricks · September 24th, 2016

Fast Food and Depression
Fast Food and Depression

Just as many have suspected, depression and diet may be related, at least for some people. Several studies have found that people who ate a poor quality diet, such as one that was high in processed meat, »

Just as many have suspected, depression and diet may be related, at least for some people. Several studies have found that people who ate a poor quality diet, such as one that was high in processed meat, chocolates, sweet desserts, fried food, refined cereals and high-fat dairy products, were significantly more likely to report symptoms of depression. On the flip side, people who ate a diet rich in..

Dr. Randi Fredricks · September 23rd, 2016

Dr. Randi Fredricks · September 23rd, 2016

Kicking Sugar Addiction
Kicking Sugar Addiction

Although the term "sugar addiction" often appears in magazines and on television, scientists had not demonstrated that such a thing as sugar dependency really exist. Recently, researchers studying rats »

Although the term "sugar addiction" often appears in magazines and on television, scientists had not demonstrated that such a thing as sugar dependency really exist. Recently, researchers studying rats that were induced to binge on sugar and found that they exhibited telltale signs of withdrawal, including "the shakes" and changes in brain chemistry, when the effects of the sweets were blocked. These..

Dr. Randi Fredricks · September 22nd, 2016

Dr. Randi Fredricks · September 22nd, 2016

Anxiety Disorders and Gender
Anxiety Disorders and Gender

When it comes to gender and anxiety, research has found that women are twice as likely to have an anxiety disorder as men. This difference appears to be associated with a variety of biological, psychological »

When it comes to gender and anxiety, research has found that women are twice as likely to have an anxiety disorder as men. This difference appears to be associated with a variety of biological, psychological and cultural factors. For women, the average length of time between the onset of symptoms (the time she starts feeling bad) and when she gets actual diagnosis of an anxiety disorder are generally..

Dr. Randi Fredricks · September 21st, 2016

Dr. Randi Fredricks · September 21st, 2016