AUSB Alumna Kandace Overgaag Shines as Self Confidence Counselor

Kandace Overgaag, M.A. in Clinical Psychology Class of 2008, is known as The Sorority Therapist and believes everyone can "learn to love the skin you're in!"

Kandace has a special way of encouraging young women to feel more confident about who they are inside and out.

The Antioch University Santa Barbara 2008 graduate received her Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy. Since her graduation, Kandace has been a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern specializing in individual psychotherapy, and is currently practicing under the supervision of Shannon Miles, MFT. As a therapist, Kandace has helped young people to live happier, more fulfilling lives. She believes that therapy is a positive, growth-oriented process.  Kandace works with patients on a variety of life's challenges including self-esteem issues.

As an adolescent Kandace Overgaag knew that she wanted to work with people. She always liked public speaking, communication and learning new things. Naturally the field of Mental Health was a perfect fit. Kandace's work with sororities is a large portion of who she serves in her private practice. She also does a significant amount of volunteer work in the group setting, specifically during Eating Disorder Awareness month every February. Every session is tailored to the needs of the participants, and may include topics including transitions, coping skills, communication techniques, assertiveness, self-esteem and relationship issues. Overgaag really enjoys her work with young women in the sororities as well as students from SBCC and UCSB.

Mrs. Overgaag has presented at national conferences and to general audiences on topics including learning disabilities in children and adults, promoting self-esteem, and disordered eating. She teaches classes for Carp Cares for Youth during the Summer and is studying for her licensure exams with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Kandace currently resides in Santa Barbara and enjoys the sense of community and the small town feel that this area is best known for. She has two puppies and was recently married to her wonderful husband. They both enjoy traveling and visited Japan, Mexico and Italy together last year.

When asked about her experience at Antioch University Santa Barbara, Kandace Overgaag said:

"The University focused on the clinical experience piece, which was really important to me. I knew my ultimate goal was to be self-employed in a private practice. The professors encouraged me to explore traineeship sites and obtain the experience that I needed for my specific goal. Small class sizes helped with the one on one instruction each of us needed, as we all had different goals after graduate school. Not to mention, Antioch University is conveniently located in Santa Barbara, the most beautiful town in the world."

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Kandace shares this message for prospective students of Antioch University Santa Barbara:

"Grad school is a life changing experience. Regardless of your age, this is a time where you will grow as a person and discover who you are going to be for the rest of your life. The Clinical Psychology program at Antioch University is a unique and fascinating method to earn the degree of a lifetime and meet some fascinating people along the way."

Kandace Overgaag, MA, MFT Intern provides individual, couples, group and family counseling. For more information on this Antioch Alumni please visit therapeuticbenefits.com.

Featured AUSB Graduate Jennifer Freed is a Local Hero for Teens

This month we feature Antioch University Santa Barbara graduate Dr. Jennifer Freed – an accomplished author, educator, counselor and advocate for young adults in our community.

Dr. Jennifer Freed has always had young people's best interests at heart.

The Antioch University Santa Barbara 1982 graduate is a recognized expert on behavioral matters such as teen bullying, character development, marriage and family relationships, and diversity issues. She has provided thousands with the practical tools to compassionately reassess personal behaviors and make significant life changes.

Part of Jennifer's professional successes is the co-founding of the highly successful teen program called The Academy of Healing Arts (AHA!), which serves more than 1,000 families annually in the state of California and the Southwest.  The AHA! teen program is dedicated to the development of character, imagination, emotional intelligence, and social conscience in the participants.  In 2010 AHA! was awarded Youth Program of the Year by the City of Santa Barbara.

Jennifer's body of work includes an educational book series called "Become Your Best Self", which is targeted to teens and young adults.  In addition to the series Dr. Freed has published "The Ultimate Personality Guide", a popular interactive guidebook for understanding personality typologies.  Her latest book, "Lessons from Stanley the Cat: Nine Lives of Everyday Wisdom", was inspired by a beloved feline friend and is now a top seller on Amazon.com.

Dr. Freed's personal accomplishments include being the recipient of the Santa Barbara's Local Heroes Award in 2009. She also received the Hope Award from the Sierra Tucson Treatment Center in recognition of her innovative curriculum for high school teenagers.

Jennifer is the radio host of the popular radio program "Freed Up!" on voiceamerica.com.  In addition to her radio hosting, Dr. Freed has been a Guest Speaker at many locations both locally and statewide.  Her media appearances include Good Morning America, NPR, Sirius XM Radio, ABC and others.

When asked about her experience at Antioch University Santa Barbara, Dr. Freed said:

"I chose Antioch because it offered a more personal and progressive curriculum than other schools.  The campus and the instructors imparted a feeling of community and caring as well as a vision for academic excellence.  Antioch is a school where both the individual and the community are highly valued, and I am forever grateful that I chose a school where my personal contributions were part of a philosophy of what serves and promotes the well-being of others."

Read more about the Antioch Santa Barbara experience.

Jennifer Freed, Ph.D. has provided couples, families and individuals in the Santa Barbara area with effective communication, anger management, sexuality, parent-child communication, and drug and violence prevention for over 25 years. She is a licensed marriage and family counselor (MFT), group psychotherapist and educator.  Dr. Freed has lent her services to many local organizations including the Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center, Family Violence Program and the Pacific Pride Foundation.  To learn more about our AUSB Alumnus visit her website at www.jenniferfreed.com.