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Michelle Friedman, MA.

Marriage and Family Therapist LMFT  #47749

Michelle Friedman

Michelle is a first generation native Californian. She was born in Inglewood to a housewife a CPA, and an older brother. The family moved to Encino when she was ten. Michelle has been a Valley girl since then, never moving too far from her family.

While Michelle was in High school she volunteered at a camp for disabled children. Her plan was to be a special education teacher.

After graduating from California State University at Northridge she was lured away from teaching to work with computers. For twenty years she worked as a computer programmer and printing/output specialist with two Fortune Five-hundred Companies.

Michelle returned to school to receive her Masters Degree from Pepperdine University after she realized that she missed connecting with people.

After graduation her first Internship was at The Coalition to End Family Violence where she learned to run therapy groups for court mandated perpetrators of Domestic Violence. She was also able to work with survivors of Domestic Violence, Sexual Abuse and couples. Michelle also taught Parenting at the Coalition.

Her next Internship was at PAY Positive Alternatives for Youth working with children and teens from high-risk families.



Michelle Friedman, MA

During this time she started a private practice working with a supervisor in City of Encino. There she was able to grow and learn to use her education and certification in GRIEF ! RECOVERY from The Grief & Recovery Institute INSTITUTE.


Next came Valley Trauma Counseling Center where she stayed for 2 ½ years. There she worked with the Family Preservation program doing home visits and working with entire families. During this time she facilitated the Survivors of Domestic Violence Support group.

She also did therapy with children and individuals specializing in Victims of Crime and Sexual Abuse. Also during her journey Michelle became familiar with 12 Step programs and how they work. She is comfortable using the 12 Steps in session.

Michelle works in conjuction with Psychiatrist, doing weekly therapy sessions in close coordination with your primary doctor.

After licensing Michelle moved her private practice to Tarzana where she enjoys seeing her clients and use her experience in:


  • Life Adjustments
  • Depression
  • Chronic Pain
  • Domestic Violence
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Post Trauma Stress Disorder
  • Suboxone Support Therapy
  • Gambling Addiction

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Taking the first step towards getting help is not easy... Do not despair! Help is here.

Contact Michelle Friedman... Please do not hesitate to contact me at:

(818) 730-8069

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