Joan Friedman, Ph.D. L.C.S.W.

JOAN FRIEDMAN, Ph.D., LCSW License # 5427

919 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 394-9595


Dr. Friedman has earned doctorates from two prestigious psychoanalytic training programs in Southern California. In addition to her private practice, she conducts ongoing groups for mothers of twins of all ages. Dr. Friedman’s social work background and training with children and their families in community outreach settings, outpatient mental health facilities, and medical multidisciplinary teams have contributed to her unique perspectives about children and their emotional needs. She specializes in the treatment of twin issues from a parenting and developmental perspective. She consults with a variety of professionals in order to assess twin dynamics.


Twin Parenting Issues

Adult Twin Issues

Short-term psychoanalytic psychotherapy


MSW, San Diego State University (1972)

PhD, Graduate Center for Child Development and Psychotherapy (1988)

PhD, Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis (2006)


Emotionally Healthy Twins: A New Philosophy for Parenting Two Unique Children (Da Capo Press, 2008)
Joan is an identical twin and has raised fraternal twins and facilitates parenting groups for mothers of twins. The book is a developmental guide toward understanding the particular issues that relate to twins in their search for individuality and psychological health. It is a must read for clinicians who treat twins and their families. Joan beautifully describes what constitutes healthy twin development and gives her particular strategies and ideas about how to accomplish this challenging task.


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