Rob Freund is a Mental Health Counselor in Boca Raton, Florida, and is working towards earning his credentials as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). A three-time graduate of Florida Atlantic University, Rob has earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a Master of Arts degree in Experimental Psychology, and most recently, an additional Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. As of January 2014, Rob will be studying for his Doctoral degree in Counseling at Florida Atlantic, endeavoring to continue his professional and academic development. He is currently a Registered Intern with the Florida Board of Health.
Rob completed his counseling practicum and internship at the Faulk Center for Counseling in Boca Raton, Florida. During his tenure, Rob worked with a broad spectrum of individuals and families, with varied backgrounds and ages ranging from 6 to over 80 years old. He led weekly support groups and counseling groups with foci in Caregiving, Divorce & Separation, Parent-Child issues, and Social Skills Development. Rob also had the opportunity to work with several of the Palm Beach County school systems, leading groups for various-aged children on topics such as grief, anger management, academic difficulties, and social skills.
Since 2010, Rob has been actively involved in conducting research with the Alliance Lab group at FAU. With this team of researchers, Rob has been studying the nature of the therapeutic relationship, and continues to work towards developing empirically-driven methods for improving the quality of clients’ therapeutic experiences. A firm believer in the collaborative, dynamic nature of the relationship between therapist and client, Rob hopes to present findings that will enable clinicians to better connect with and understand their clients, ultimately resulting in more effective treatments.
Rob’s therapy is driven by a personal philosophy of hope and collaboration being central to clients reaching their goals. Drawing mainly from Adlerian and Existential influences, Rob is careful to integrate other counseling approaches, such as Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive-Behavioral therapies, to tailor the therapeutic environment to each client’s specific style and needs. He is also able to provide a biblically-based, Christian counseling approach to clients that would desire it. Additionally, Rob is a trained practitioner of the symbolic, non-directive Sand Tray Therapy technique, and has been successful in using this approach with both children and adults. Rob also studies and practices empirically-validated couples counseling approaches; He is certified in Level 1 of the Gottman Method for Couples Counseling, and is undergoing training in Emotion Focused Therapy.