about your well-being in illness and recovery


Santa Barbara, California

Counseling and support

through illness and recovery

A psychology practice dedicated to your well-being

during illness and recovery.

Health Psychology:
time to listen - expertise to help

to manage illness

Betsy Bates Freed, Psy. D.

Drawing on strengths

Calif. Lic. #25652


Calif. Lic. 25652

Call Dr. Bates Freed now


Calif. Lic. 25652

Call Dr. Bates Freed now

Dedicated to your well-being in illness and recovery

Dr. Betsy Bates Freed (805) 979-3440

Dr. Betsy Bates Freed
(805) 979-3440

I'm Dr. Betsy Bates Freed.

I welcome all clients but those who might benefit most from my expertise are those who are facing medical illnesses, such as cancer or heart disease, or who would like to change their health behaviors. My interest in health psychology began during my 30-year career as a medical journalist (Internal Medicine News, Pediatric News). I completed my training at the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara, the Family Medicine Residency Program at Glendale Adventist Medical Center, and the Children's Clinic of SB County. Ideally, I will work collaboratively with your physician to help with your integrated medical care.


Health psychologists see patients of all ages. My psychological orientation is eclectic and will depend on your goals. We may process your distress and work to draw on your strengths to assist with your adjustment to a difficult diagnosis. At times, I may assist you with management of physical symptoms.


My health psychology practice focuses on the whole person, incorporating important physical, emotional, spiritual, cultural, and family contributions to healing and adjustment. I have been fortunate to spend many years working closely with physicians and medical researchers, enabling me to blend clinical knowledge with compassion in my work with patients.


I understand that families, as well as patients, are impacted by illness. I work with couples, partners, siblings, and children to help strengthen the family unit and structure the support "team" so that each individual can contribute in his or her own way.


Finally, I strive to maintain currency in my field, both as an adjunct professor of psychology at Antioch University and an active member of the Santa Barbara County Psychological Association, California Psychological Association, American Psychological Association and the American Psychosocial Oncology Society.