Neil Friedman, MSW

Adjunct Faculty

Neil Friedman, MSW has been adjunct faculty at Antioch University Santa Barbara since 1989. Most recently, these courses have included Working with Couples and Families, Psychopharmacology, Psychopathology, Community Mental Health and Effective Mental Health Interventions. He currently has a private practice, www.santabarbara-therapy.com ,that provides therapy for adults, couples, families and adolescents.  Neil has 30 years of experience as a therapist working with individuals, couples, adolescents and families. During this time, he has also managed and helped to develop a variety of treatment programs, including The Phoenix of Santa Barbara and The CRMHS Hospital Alternatives Program.

Neil has also had extensive experience dealing with severe and persistent mental illness as well as counseling people with transitional crisis and PTSD issues. He has been extensively trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and directed the DBT program for CRMHS for ten years. DBT helps people with severe impulse control problems and has a focus on increasing emotion regulation, distress tolerance, interpersonal relations and mindfulness skill.