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Rebekah Freese, MSW, LCSW, PhD  received her Bachelor’s of Arts Degree from University of Texas at Arlington, Master’s of Science in Social Work at University of Missouri and recently completed her doctorate in philosophy with the School of Social Work at the University of Missouri.  Rebekah’s dissertation research investigated suicide assessment outcomes and provider attitudes around service delivery with suicidal clients. She has twenty-two years of experience working as a social worker in mental health services with adolescents, adults and groups. She has worked as a consultant for the Department of Mental Health to implement and sustain DBT programming in community mental health facilities. She has provided clinical supervision to graduate students as well as graduates needing supervision for pending licensure for over ten years. In 2014, Rebekah and a colleague designed and began operating a free mental health clinic, Integrative Behavioral Health Clinic, for individuals who otherwise would not receive quality behavioral health care. She formally began Zen practice in 2012 and became a Zen student of Marsha Linehan, Ph.D. Roshi in 2014. Rebekah enjoys reading, writing, biking and a wide variety of mindfulness practice. She loves to spend time with her family outdoors and is an avid moviegoer.  Rebekah’s clinical interests are in eating disordered behaviors, suicidal and self-injury behaviors, trauma, anxiety, depression, and concerns related to self-esteem and self-worth. Her practice is informed by Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Attachment and Social learning theories. Rebekah has dedicated her time to working with people whose lives are marginalized and are at-risk due to debilitating psychological problems; as well as conducting research to evaluate treatments for eating disorders and suicide prevention.  Rebekah currently provides individual DBT treatment with adolescents, families and adult clients at Mayer, Flanagan, Scott & Associates.