Rebekah Freese, MSW, LCSW, Ph.D

Senior Regional Executive Director | she/her/hers

    Rebekah Freese, MSW, LCSW, Ph.D. holds a Masters of Social Work (MSW) as well as a Doctorate degree in Philosophy from the University of Missouri. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker of the State of Missouri. She specializes in eating disorders, borderline personality disorder, gender, sexuality, and trauma.  She has treated individuals with an array of eating disorders, trauma, and BPD since 1997. She has extensive experience with commonly co-occurring conditions such as depression, anxiety, and substance use.  She has proficiency in clinical program development, management, and growth as well as quality assurance and program evaluation.

    Rebekah has a strong commitment to work with those who experience high severity of life-threatening behaviors especially youth and young adults.  She has extensive training in evidence-based practice Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Family-Based Treatment (FBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapies (TF-CBT and CBT), Prolonged Exposure (PE) as well as the combination of DBT-PE.  She is passionate about her work and strives to assist her clients in developing balance and compassion in their lives.

    When you have the chance to meet Rebekah, you will instantly realize she has a strong interest in developing organizations where everyone is welcomed and included. She is actively involved in her community to advocate for education, social justice, and awareness for mental health especially eating disorder treatment care and accessibility.  She serves as one of the expert practitioners for the Show-Me Disordered Eating and Eating Disorder ECHO. The ECHO connects interdisciplinary teams of experts with primary care providers to develop advanced skills and best practices.   She serves as a board member and President for 2022 for the Missouri Eating Disorders Association (MOEDA) and sits on the Missouri Eating Disorder Council for the State of Missouri.

    In her personal life, she enjoys hiking, reading, gardening, and spending time with family.

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