— About —
Dr. Suzanna Freerksen
As a psychiatrist I treat a variety of mental health concerns utilizing medication and psychotherapy. I have experience treating people with depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, panic attacks, and other mental health issues. I treat patients in California, Arizona, and Alabama who are 14 years of age and older.
In my psychiatry practice I work with a person to find and foster their natural inner resilience to reclaim their life and health. My belief is that the best way for me as a psychiatrist to help others is to use psychiatric medication and psychotherapy to treat mental illness.
Currently I am accepting new patients. Please use our online scheduler to book your first appointment. I offer a free 15 minute introductory phone conversation for those who wish to ask questions about my practice before scheduling their first session.
I am learning more all the time about trauma-focused care, including the therapy techniques that make up EMDR and DBT. Currently I operate a private psychotherapy and medication management practice at Reclaim Joy Medical.
I finished my Chief Resident year in 2014 and moved to the Silicon Valley area shortly after. I have worked in a variety of settings, including PAMF, Santa Clara County’s Mental Health Clinics, Alameda County’s Primary Care Clinics, and San Jose State University.
Post Graduate Training
I completed my intern year at University of Iowa’s Family Medicine/Psychiatry Combined Residency. I realized that I wanted to dedicate my life to being a psychiatrist working with family doctors, while not being a family doctor myself. In order to follow my dream, I transferred to the University of South Alabama Psychiatry Residency for my second half of residency. In my final year at University of South Alabama, I was the Chief Resident. I am still Adjunct Faculty at the USA Department of Psychiatry.
Honors and Awards
- Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association
- University of Illinois at Chicago, Natalia J. Janicki Scholarship
- University of Illinois at Chicago, Illinois Lieutenant Governor’s Scholarship
- University of Illinois at Chicago, International Travel Scholarship (Cairo,Egypt)
- New College of Florida, Tuition Merit Scholarship
- New College of Florida, New College Alumni/e Association Scholarship
- New College of Florida, New College Foundation Scholarship
- Freerksen, S. “Contaminated” 2014. Academic Psychiatry 38(6). (Poem)
Dr. Freerksen has also published several short stories under a private pen name. She feels that art and creative expression are things that make life beautiful and worthwhile.
You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in one drop.”