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Clinical Spotlight: Dr. Lorraine Freedle


Each month we will be shining the clinical spotlight on one of our incredible clinicians. Take some time to today to read about PQ’s Clinical Director, Dr. Lorraine Freedle.

Lorraine Freedle, LCSW, Ph.D., ABPdN, ABSNP, CST-T

Lorraine received her BA in Social Work from Pennsylvania State University and her Master of Social Work from the University of Hawai’i in Honolulu. She also holds an Educational Specialist graduate degree in School Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado, and a Master of Arts in Psychology and a Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology, with a specialization in neuropsychology from Fielding Graduate University. In addition to earning board certifications in social work, school psychology and neuropsychology, Lorraine completed advanced training and certification in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) through the Child Trauma Academy. She is also an internationally certified sandplay therapist and teacher who has conducted award winning research in this modality. Lorraine is the founder of Black Sand Neuropsychological Services, where she conducts neuropsychological evaluations, consultation services, and sandplay therapy.

Five years ago, Dr. Freedle stepped into her role as Clinical Director, and was immediately drawn to the evolution of students’ process at Pacific Quest and it’s direct correlation to neurological therapeutic development. “A lot of programs talk about such an approach, but PQ actually harnesses the power of nature and practices complete wellness, with qualified staff working together on every aspect. PQ works because it is an individualized, comprehensive and neurodevelopmentally-informed approach. Everyone’s brain works differently. At PQ we can design strategies that reach our students and move them through a deep and lasting change process.”

Learn how PQ utilizes and integrates NMT throughout our entire program.

Since then, Lorraine has successfully elevated our program and clinical department to a new level. Working with The Child Trauma Academy, we are now site certified in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT). Lorraine provides Sandplay training/supervision, EMDR training/supervision, Art Therapy training/supervision, “Aloha Cohort” therapist team consultations, Referral Source consultations, admissions examination and collaboration, and psychological testing services. A renowned international speaker, she has shared her knowledge and passion extensively at a variety of conferences, workshops and tours. Dr. Freedle has published numerous professional journal articles and book chapters on a variety of issues in children’s behavioral health, including neuropsychological perspectives on trauma treatment, reducing critical incidents in residential care, research on sandplay therapy and the applications of NMT to Outdoor Behavioral Health. And if that wasn’t enough, Dr. Freedle volunteers her time working directly with local Hawaii families to provide much needed therapeutic services.

“We are honored to have Lorraine on our team. She has raised the bar for all of us professionally and personally. One rarely meets a person so passionate and accomplished, and still so warm and genuine,” Suzanne McKinney said.


From Our Blog

Fundraising Efforts a Huge Success!

Congratulations and mahalo to our amazing colleagues and friends, Mark Agosto and Mike Sullivan, for raising over $7,500 for the PQ Foundation and for running 120 miles in the Rocky Mountains!

We are proud and grateful to have such dedication and aloha spirit in our midst. The funds will be used to assist families displaced by the lava on Hawaii Island this year.”

Foundation Awarded IECA Grant

We are pleased to announce that the PQ Foundation has been awarded one of five grants from the IECA Foundation this year. We are so thankful to be a recipient of this generous award. The funds will be used to rebuild schools on Hawaii Island that were displaced by lava in the PUNA area. Thank you, IECA Foundation!



Why People Choose PQ

This Month's Top Five

  1. Pioneers of whole person wellness in wilderness therapy – whole,  nutritious food,  mind-body connection

  2. Base camp model on an organic farm teaching sustainable life skills
  3. Award winning, advanced horticulture therapy practice
  4. Individualized, evidence-based,  and neurodevelopmentally driven therapeutic interventions
  5.  Comprehensive & integrated Rites of Passage




News and Events

PQ on the Move!

October 17-19, 2018

5th Annual YATA Conference. Mike Sullivan, MA, LMHC, presents

“Back to the Future: Preparing Young Adults for Transition in the Age of Technology.”



Team PQ looks forward to connecting with friends & colleagues at the NATSAP Southeast and Northeast Conferences. See you there!





November 7-9, 2018

IECA– Los Angeles

Dr. Britta Zimmer, ND, & Dr. Brian Konik, present, “Integrative Psychiatry: The Best of Both Worlds. Integrative Medicine’s role in the therapeutic settings.”



November 8-11, 2018
STA National Conference

Dr. Lorraine Freedle, PhD, ABPdN, will be presenting on multiple days.

“Maui Bringer of Light: Healing Stories for Dark Times.”

“Treating Generalized Anxiety Disorder Using Sandplay Therapy:
Is Clinical Improvement Associated with Metabolite Changes in the Thalamus Using Proton MR Spectroscopy?”

“Trauma and the Recovery of Lost Innocence” – Keynote with Donald Kalsched, PhD


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