Rae is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT-15468), who cares deeply about helping people improve their relationships and be their best selves. Her goal is to attune to client’s needs, and provide a safe, supportive, and non-judgmental space, allowing clients to feel heard and valued. Rae is a warm and empathic therapist who believes in collaborating with clients.
Rae discovered her passion for helping people while earning her doctorate in social psychology, and learning about the influence that social interactions and relationships have on people’s lives. After working as an instructor and researcher, she then returned to school to study Marriage and Family Therapy at Virginia Tech. At Virginia Tech’s Center for Family Services, Rae worked with individuals, couples, and families from a diverse population. Rae also interned at Phoenix House Mid-Atlantic, in the Phoenix Program, a men’s residential substance abuse treatment facility, where she conducted individual and family therapy sessions.
At Therapy with Heart, Rae specializes in dating and relationship difficulties, singles therapy, couples therapy, relational trauma, self-confidence issues and anxiety. Rae has had the opportunity to create a singles workshop based on a well-known couple’s workshop, Hold Me Tight.
Rae has completed Levels 1 and 2 training in Internal Family Systems (IFS) and is working towards certification. Rae has completed advanced training in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and is EMDR trained as well. She uses these as well as other strength-based approaches, with clients. Rae hopes that the acceptance that she provides clients will allow them to achieve their therapeutic goals and work through life’s challenges.
Rae Freidus is such a delight and pleasure to work with. You can tell how much she cares about her work and her clients. Working with her has provided us with knowledge and tools that my husband and I will utilize for the long-haul! Every session left us with more insight into ourselves and our marriage. I would highly recommend Rae to anyone seeking couples therapy.