Lorraine Freedle, Ph.D. ABPdN
Dr. Lorraine R. Freedle is a board certified Pediatric and School Neuropsychologist with over 25 years experience in clinical practice and administration in children’s behavioral health and experiential therapy. She has extensive experience treating young people and their families impacted by trauma, loss, substance abuse, ADHD, mood disturbances, TBI, and a variety of neurodevelopmental and learning disorders through evidence-based practices and experiential learning. Lorraine is also a gifted clinical administrator and staff development specialist committed to developing high performing teams.
Lorraine 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.
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 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.
Lorraine combines her education and experience into a “whole brain” approach to learning and development. She is passionate about building resilience by fully understanding a young person’s strengths and needs and tailoring treatment accordingly. She asserts that multi-sensory and experiential treatments are critical in maximizing growth, balance, and learning potential. She has integrated wilderness therapy into her work since 1990, when she first took her clients on an expedition to Molokai. She states, “We become better connected to ourselves, others and the world around us through direct experiences with nature.”
Lorraine is most excited about Pacific Quest’s whole-person, nature-based model. She states, “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.”
Lorraine is married to Shannon, her “ku’uipo” of 30 years. She has two children and one granddaughter. Her son, Ryan, practices internal medicine in St. Louis; her daughter, Angelica, attends graduate school for counseling and art therapy in Santa Fe. Lorraine enjoys golf, writing, travel, and exploring the wonders of the Big Island of Hawai’i.