Dr. Sheila Sturgeon Freitas

Providing Trauma-Informed Psychological Services
Idaho Licensed Psychologist
Offices in Meridian (Telehealth Available)


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Specializing in helping children, adults and families with complex issues relating to trauma, adoption and giftedness, Dr. Sturgeon Freitas is an Idaho licensed psychologist with offices in Meridian (Telehealth available).

About Myself

As a clinical psychologist, I have extensive experience working with children, teens, adults, families and couples of all ages. Having received my Master’s in Clinical Psychology in 1998 and my Doctorate in 2005, I work collaboratively with my clients to address the issues that have led them to seek help.

While I frequently work with clients addressing general stressful life events, mood, anxiety or relationship issues, I carry specific specialization in adoption, complex trauma, gifted and talented issues and bereavement.

I have unique expertise in the areas of adoption, attachment, trauma, abuse (physical/sexual/emotional), PTSD, and foster care, with experience working on both the social work and clinical sides of each of these issues. As a social worker, I was a director of a foster family agency, foster parent educator, houseparent for an adolescent girls group home, crisis intervention worker, and with the Department of Children and Family Services, a foster-care reunification worker and an adoptions worker. As a clinician, I have extensive training and in-depth treatment experience in all of these issues, including intense and specialized work with complex trauma, dissociative disorders, sexual abuse victims, perpetrators, and their families (children through adults). I have further provided expert testimony in these areas.

In treatment of these issues, I pay significant emphasis on how trauma and neglect impacts brain organization, general development, one’s ability to self-soothe, behavioral and emotional regulation, and ability to relate to and invest in relationships with others. I treat the entire spectrum of trauma-related issues, including mood, anxiety, oppositional defiance, attachment disruptions, post-hospitalization stabilization, sexual acting out, dissociation and AD/HD symptoms. I draw on a number of treatment interventions, including attachment-focused play and relationship building within the family unit, narration and integration of the trauma, ARC, EMDR (level II trained), DBT, TBRI, TF-CBT, targeting of sympathetic over-arousal, art, containment and more general trauma processing strategies. The pace with which a sense of safety and security can be internalized frequently determines the pace of treatment. As such, it is not surprising that treatment for these issues typically requires extensive time and intervention with the family as a whole.

In addition to trauma, EMDR and adoption work, I also enjoy working with more general stressful life events. These can include bereavement issues, post-divorce adjustment, step-family, relationship issues, etc. I also address non-trauma focused AD/HD, higher functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

I additionally enjoy working with gifted and talented related psychotherapy issues. These issues frequently include parenting a gifted child, addressing mood or anxiety issues, and coping with individual intensities. Social relatedness, underachievement, school mis-match, mood dysregulation, and differentiating potential co-morbid disorders, such as AD/HD, Autism Disorder, from giftedness are also common issues raised in treatment.

Finally, I am published in the area of bereavement, specifically in the area of conjugal loss (i.e. death of a spouse). My research focused on how on how the quality of one's relationship with their spouse prior to the death, impacted the bereaved's long-term adjustment. This work specifically looked at the internalized attachments of their spouse. I have additionally presented at numerous conferences at different stages of this and other research work during my time in graduate school.

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Sheila Sturgeon Freitas, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in the state of Idaho and provides trauma-informed psychological services to children, teens, families and adults. She holds a doctorate and master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology (now known as Palo Alto University), in Palo Alto, California (APA Accredited). She further is able to provide psychological services via telehealth mediums to clients residing in most other states under the authority of PSYPACT, having earned an “Authority to Practice Interjurisdictional Telepsychology Authorization” (APIT) through the PSYPACT Commission. This authorization is specific for clients residing in other PSYPACT approved states, which can be found at https://psypact.org/mpage/psypactmap. She currently serves as the mental health representative on the Idaho Governor's Task Force for At Risk Children, having been appointed in 2017. She holds the following certificates:

Trauma-Sensitive HeartMath Certified Professional Idaho Governor's Task Force for At Risk Children Certified Professional -- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy


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Dr. Sturgeon Freitas has offices in Meridian for your convenience. Telehealth may also be available depending on your particular circumstances.

3709 N Locust Grove Rd Suite 150
Meridian, ID 83646
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