W. Peter Freund
Licensed Associate Counselor.
Peter Freund is a licensed associate counselor. He earned his Masters of Science degrees from John Brown University in Marriage & Family Therapy (4.0 GPA) as well as Clinical Mental Health Counseling, with an emphasis in Play Therapy. Prior to this, he earned Master of Arts degrees from Biola University (Talbot School of Theology) in Philosophy of Religion/Ethics and Theology. His undergraduate work was in philosophy, psychology, religion, and music.
In addition to working at Water’s Edge, he teaches Introduction to Philosophy and General Psychology courses as an adjunct faculty member at Northwest Arkansas Community College. He has worked at the John Brown University Care Clinic along with Dayspring Behavioral Health services, as an intern.
As an INFP (Meyer’s Briggs Type Indicator) personality type, Peter values the integration of various fields of study into the counseling room. For the client, this means he is holistic and big-picture focused; never content to merely look at complex issues from a narrow vantage point. He sees the primary aim of therapy as providing insight and helping clients develop self-control of their own lives and destinies. With twelve years’ experience teaching philosophy, he has developed a respect for diverse viewpoints and orientations. He is also has an unusually strong background in dealing with existential issues.
Peter is EMDR trained and specializes in grief recovery, trauma, anxiety, child-centered play therapy, personality types, pre-marital counseling, and is working towards his distance counseling credentials. As a therapist, he is Person Centered, CBT, and Solution-focused, and highly creative in his approaches toward helping people.
He has been married for 20 years, has two boys, and has a rich life of hobbies including music composition, fiction writing, science fiction/fantasy novels, movies, FPV drones, technology, slight of hand, and he is an award winning jazz saxophonist.